๐Ÿ‘‘ A Precious Commodity

It has been said that โ€œwhen Raphael died atย thirty-seven years of age, they carried his marvelousย painting, โ€˜The Transfiguration,โ€™ only half finished,ย in the funeral procession as a symbol of the incompletenessย of life and the brevity of time.โ€

Time is a precious commodity! When the Apostle Paul instructedย the Ephesians to redeem the time, he wanted them to make wise use ofย it. They were not to squander it on worldly pursuits that would drawย them away from the things of the Lord. But redeeming the time alsoย implies taking advantage of opportunities that present themselvesย in life. When Paul, for example, was unjustly incarcerated at Rome,ย he did not view his circumstances as a setback in his ministry, but asย an opportunity for the furtherance of the gospel. It gave him accessย to Caesarโ€™s household that he would not have otherwise had. Andย as a result, many were saved.

Rather than dwell on his mitigating circumstances that wouldย have only frustrated the grace of God, Paul instead chose to produceย what is perhaps his greatest body of workโ€”his Prison Epistles thatย continue to minister to the Body of Christ to this very day. This isย why it is important to follow Paulโ€™s example, that we too might beย more productive in the Lordโ€™s service. His unfaltering love and devotionย to the Savior, Who saved him on the road to Damascus, was theย motivating influence in his life, as it should be in ours.

There will be numerous opportunities to make a difference in someoneโ€™s life. But it is essential to take advantage of them as Paul did. Perhaps itโ€™s a neighbor down the street who needs a helping hand. Reach out to them, as the Lord reached out to us; and when you do, take the gospel with you. Become a mentor to someone who is new to the faith, someone who has more questions than answers about the Word of God. Make a difference in someoneโ€™s life. Only eternity will bearย out the fruits of your labor for Christ. You will be amazed when youย get to Glory and someone walks up to you and says, โ€œThank you forย the word of encouragement that day, it was a turning point in myย Christian life.โ€

May God help us to live every day in light of the Judgment Seat ofย Christ, where we will all stand astounded at what could have been. source

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