“Don’t you have anything
better to do?”
How many of us have asked, or have been asked, this
Personally, I haven’t heard this question in a
while, but I did several times in my early teenage years…
usually I just shrugged back.
Was there something better to do than watching TV, playing
video games and “hanging out”?
Have you noticed that this question is usually asked
by someone who is busy, and perhaps a little frustrated,
with someone else who appears to not appreciate their
Time is among the most precious gifts we have.
No one can purchase more time on this world - regardless
of their financial resources or public status.
That’s why Paul tells us in Ephesians
5:15-16 to “Be very careful then, how you live
– not as unwise, but as wise, making the most
of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”
Most of us have heard someone say that when you are
older and looking back on your life, you will never
say that you wished you had spent more time at the office.
What will you wish you had done more of during your
life though? More sleep? Watched more movies? Spent
more time on Facebook and YouTube?
When the apostle Paul looked back, he was able to write
in II Tim 4:7-8 - “I have
fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have
kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the
crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous
Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only
but also to all who have loved His appearing.”
So, what is worthwhile to do with one’s time?
We have the written account of a man with much more
wisdom and resources than we have, who searched for
the answer to this question.
He discovered that wisdom, pleasure, work, advancement,
and riches all have their time and place, and they are
blessings from God, but they are meaningless by themselves
in the “big picture”.
His conclusion in Ecclesiastes
12:13 is “Fear God and keep His commandments,
for this is the whole duty of man”.
Notice it isn’t “give up pleasure and just
work hard”. That is what Satan wants us to believe
so the Christian walk will seem awful.
Many parents fall into the trap of sacrificing fun time
with family because they feel guilty leaving work or
home responsibilities undone.
How do I focus on family and job and church and health
and finances and on and on..?
You don’t. You focus on God. Seek Him and cast
every care upon Him. You can’t do it all. Apart
from God, you can’t even breathe God! Why do you
think you can be successful at solving all your problems,
and then do Bible study and prayer in your leftover
You can’t make all the right choices and you
can’t get everything done perfectly.
It is good to work hard, but if it is done with your
own effort & determination, through only a motivation
of guilt and obligation, then only frustration and misery
Is that really helping you? Or helping anyone? Is that
what God wants for you? Did He send His Son to free
you from the misery of sin so that you could be miserable
and overwhelmed with responsibilities?
The only solution and hope we have, is submitting to
God, who created both us and time itself. Give our lives
to Him, and stop trying to take them back. Devote time
in study so that we will know how best to make use of
the time we have been given, and which we will have
to give an account for.
In our temporal existence, a moment that has past…
is gone forever.
The impact of that moment does carry on though, and
the repercussions of it can carry through our lives
and even beyond!
Long after your mortal life has ended, if you find
yourself in eternal torment and separation from God,
how badly will you regret having put off searching the
scriptures and put off obeying the gospel “until
the right time”?
Perhaps you have already obeyed the gospel plan of
salvation. Wonderful! Now ask yourself this:
If your friend or love one passes on from this life,
without you having shared the gospel with them, how
comforting will it be to either of you that you haven’t
missed an episode of your favorite TV show for 3 seasons?
If you are not using your time wisely, the fix is to
focus on God
If you are overwhelmed with too much to do, the fix
is still to focus on God.
“Don’t you have anything better to do?”
Not if you are focusing on God..
If you need to respond to the invitation, please do
so as we stand and sing.