Time is something that is fleeting. It is here for a blip and then it is gone. There is not an instant replay button for real life. When something has happened it is over and never to be again. Time past is a cashed check. The future is a promissory note-–even so, it is not promised, not a guarantee, but today, today is cash in hand so use it—invest it.
We see the call to use our time wisely in Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians. He tells them, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:15-16). Wise use of time means we are stewarding our time in a manner that uses it in the best way possible. We are not wasting it. Now, this does not mean you are not to enjoy your life. Not at all. The author of Ecclesiastes clearly tells us that, “There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment?” (Eccl. 2:24-25).
This is clear teaching that we are to enjoy the goods of our labor and enjoy our labors. We are to do so because what we have, and what we do, is from the Lord. In the very next chapter of that book, we see the famous “a time for” section. In it, we see that there is a time for everything. Fun, work, death, life, so forth, and so on. But if one is not stewarding their time well, they will miss some of these times and miss some of life trying to find life in things that are useless and vain. There is a balance in life with our time. Not all of life is for fun or pleasure. Not all is for work and toil. There is a balance.
If we spend all our time in pleasure and fun we will miss out on important things. Things like helping another person in need. Strengthening the weak. Helping to feed the hungry. Serving those who serve. If all we do is seek pleasure, we will miss the greatest pleasure of all that is found in serving others.
But not all of life is meant to be toil and service. There is a time to dance as the author of Ecclesiastes said. This means there is a time to enjoy and have fun. We just need to balance out the fun with the service and labor. If we do not we will live a quite pointless existence. The evil of the times will have taken us captive and we will not be effective in the world for our Savior. So, let us use the time wisely and serve the Lord with joy but also remember to have some fun and rest too.