YOLO? Ain’t nobody got time for that? These are recent, infamous words from our pop culture. If you’re like me, just for fun, you feel the need to insert these phrases into just about any sentence, period. All jokes aside, these words ring more wise than funny. What should we have “no time” for? I would say, there’s no time to waste when we’re about the Father’s business. As much as there are time wasters that send us on the wrong path, there are time wasters that keep us on the couch.
Maybe there are some of you that wait for something so huge to hit you upside your head before you want to do something for the Lord. Now that “something” could be simple like saying hello to your neighbor and slowly building rapport so that eventually you have cultivated a relationship and in turn you’ve planted a seed that will one day take root and grow into salvation. It can also be something that is a bit more challenging or seemingly complicated. You’ve had that chunk of money stored up for what seems like decades. You want to use it for that boat you’ve dreamed of but one day, while in prayer, you get a mental picture of a little child in a third world country. This child looks so sick, thirsty and hungry. Her eyes have pain and she’s calling to you. Perhaps God is calling you to bless a child like this one you envisioned, a child living in a village in some far away land. However, you’re still unsure you’ll take the opportunity to give because well, you still don’t completely feel led. Time keeps ticking.
I once heard a preacher tell a story about a man that was running from the call of God. The man kept saying, “I just don’t feel led to do anything for God.” He was being a time-waster. Then one day the preacher had a piece of lead and asked the man to touch it. He then told the man, “See, you’re feeling lead! Now, stop running and answer the call of God.”
Ephesians 5:15-16 (KJV) says, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” The amplified Bible says it this way, “Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.” Before you know it, time has passed you by and opportunities are passing you by.
The days are straight up evil, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see this. God created you on purpose and with purpose. This world needs you, it needs Christ in you, and it needs Christ! I’m encouraging you (myself included) to make the most of your opportunities to live out your life for Christ and know that this whole “You Only Live Once” stuff is really true. YOLO people, let’s make it count!