The students at Harmony said they would purchase, a horse, a horse stable, a plane, a farm, crisis centers, slowly become Batman, and another said he/she would put a down payment on a Bugatti, among many other items. While some of these things are a good investment, some are poor uses of money.
We all receive 86,400 of something every day. Unfortunately it's not money; it's time. In a 24 hour period we have 86,400 seconds. We have to spend our time on something, and at the end of the day, it's gone. We don't receive more. We are not even guaranteed tomorrow.
James 4:13-14 says "Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” The time we spend on this earth is just a mist. Here one second and gone the next.
Ephesians 5:15-17 says “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” There is a way to spend your time that is wise and a way that is foolish. The Bible is filled with verses about time and spending it wisely.
We fill our days with binge watching shows on Netflix, scrolling through Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat for the 100th time that hour. We spend our time watching TV shows that have no eternal value. The average male spends 17 hours a week playing videos games. If I'm honest with myself, I am guilty of these from time to time. Again we can spend our time on things that don't matter and that are perishable. Since it's not wise to spend our time on the perishable, will you spend your time for the eternal?
There are two things that are eternal: 1) God and 2) people. Will you spend your time making an eternal investment in people? How can I spend my time making an impact for the eternal? There are several ways to do that. 1) I told the students that there are students in youth group waiting to be invested in just as they were invested in. Basically I challenged the students to be a Paul, have someone invest in them (Barnabas) and in turn invest in other people (Timothy). 2) Children's Church has grown since August. Mrs. Mertz could always use help in investing in children. We my not see fruit now, but that is a much better use of time that watching The Office for the 18th time. (Sadly I'm guilty of this.) 3) Nursery is a fantastic way to invest in young children and babies. It will take you and I being proactive in our search for those to invest in. All I know is that I spend a lot of my time investing in things that don't matter thinking they do. It's time to start spending the time God has given me to invest into people. Will you spend your time investing in people?