“Pay careful attention, then to how you walk – not as unwise people but as wise – making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” Eph 5:15-16
We tend to approach life with a stopwatch mentality rather than with a countdown clock. The stopwatch simply measures the amount of time elapsed and is easily ignored and wasted. In fact, if you’re not careful, you’ll live as though you have an unlimited amount of time to do whatever you want to do. Some people are even embarrassed to say how old they are. There is no need to be embarrassed about one’s age unless it has been wasted.
The Bible encourages us to see life with a countdown clock mindset. Yes, time does keep ticking by but you and I are given a limited amount of it to live. Though we don’t know exactly how much time we each have, we just know that there is less of it remaining for us today than yesterday. We have only so much time to accomplish what we’ve been placed on this earth to do. A “fisher of men” knows what he has been called to do on this earth. A “fisher of men” is commissioned by God to share the Gospel with disconnected people. But the assignment is time sensitive. He must keep at least one eye on the countdown clock.
A “fisher of men” knows that every moment must count and that he cannot afford to measure life with a stopwatch. There are so many “fish” to be caught and not enough time to catch them if we live by the stopwatch. Living by the stopwatch will lull you into a sense of complacency. It will convince you that others have plenty of time to hear about Jesus and trust Him as their personal Savior. They don’t!
The Bible tells us that time is short and that life is but “a vapor.” (James 4:14) The Bible says that everyone will die and that afterwards comes the judgment (Hebrews 9:27). The Gospel is the key to the door that enables a man to bypass judgment and move on to eternal life. The countdown clock is running and we only have so much time to get the word out about the Gospel. We cannot afford to waste a single moment. Today must count. So, as the Scripture says, “…walk – not as unwise people but as wise – making the most of the time, because the days are evil.”