Time: A Precious Asset

“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”
–Nelson Mandela

“My favorite things in life don't cost any money. It's really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.”
–Steve Jobs

Out of the three resources that we will explore in this blog (time, energy, and money), time happens to be the most precious of them. The reason time is so important is because it cannot be renewed in the way energy and money can. You can refill your empty energy bucket through proper rest and recreation. You can put money into your bank account by means of hard work. But when it comes to time, it’s a different story. Once time is gone, it’s gone for good. And that’s why it’s important for us to view the limited time we have with respect and to maximize its utilization. Here are some reasons why we must seriously consider time as a precious asset.

Time is limited. As mentioned, we have a limited quantity of time here in this world. One of the surest things about life is that it will end in physical death (unless, of course, you’re planning to get to heaven in a chariot of fire). As people often like to quip, “We are all dying.” And so, we really don’t know how much time we have left here on earth. It could be years. It could be days. It could be hours. But once time is gone, it’s gone for good.

Time can’t be purchased. It’s not possible to buy more time on earth with the use of money. We can remove activities on our schedules to free up time but we can’t add to the limited quantity we have in this world. We also don’t have the power to create more time and there is nothing in our possession that we can use to bargain for it. It’s clear in Scripture that God has already set the number of days for each person: “Since his days are determined, and the number of his months is with you, and you have appointed his limits that he cannot pass…” (Job 14:5, ESV).

Time enables freedom. Time enables us to do the things that matter most and the things that will bring us great fulfillment in life. As we’ve discussed in a previous post, our greatest fulfillment in life comes from knowing God and doing the things that greatly matter to Him (see here). We shouldn’t use the limited time that we have simply for self-centered reasons. We also shouldn’t be wasting time with frivolous and unfruitful activities (for men, that means going into our “nothing box”—I swear, it exists). We should make our lives count for the kingdom of God. Time that is open and flexible will enable us to do the things that greatly matter to God. It will give us the freedom to meet with our Lord and Savior. It will give us the freedom to serve other people. It will give us the freedom to participate in the making of disciples.

It’s important that we make the most of the limited time we have in this world. One of my favorite passages is found in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. He wrote, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16, ESV). Paul urges us to make the best use of whatever time we have. And that includes making the most of every opportunity to know God and do His will.

Time is precious. Make the most of it.