Time, Talents, and Treasure – Part 2
The famous words “would have, could have, and should have” can be said to epitomize the varied expressions of men that look back with a grievous heart, reflecting upon their wasted years with a total lack of satisfaction. The concepts of acknowledging God’s gift of life and redeeming this given time, beginning at the front end of life, are the focus in covering this chapter of our book. A man that has used his time to develop his talents, and has consequently produced treasure, can be said to have left a legacy of value to his next generation. Conversely, the words mentioned above come to be heard when wasted time and missed opportunities have left a void in place of an inheritance. The Bible deals in great depth with the issue of diligence. Psalm 90:12 says; “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Proverbs 22:29 says; “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.” The book of Proverbs is literally filled with statements like this. In Ecclesiastes, chapter two, we are shown the portrait of a man who dedicated his life to the pursuits of wealth, pleasure, and prominence. The end of those temporal glories was summarized in verse seventeen; “Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.” The lesson learned is developed in the very next chapter, where verse one begins “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” and verse eleven proclaims “He hath made every thing beautiful in his time.” So consider the polar opposite expressions; one of glory that fills the Earth according to God’s purpose, and one full of regrets and unrealized potential. A good portion of the 1960’s generation became characterized by the Rolling Stones’ now cliché title “I can’t get no satisfaction” in their pursuance of pleasure and lack of intention regarding their most limited commodity; time. So as you work your way through chapter five of the “What is a Man?” book and study course, you will be challenged to make the best use of your time so there will be no regrets later. It is of utmost importance that we ask God to remove those things that entertain and distract us from maximizing the time that we employ our talents in service of the Lord, to our greatest extent and capacity, from our lives. These are the first steps toward becoming the champion God intended and not another “almost was” that “could have been” but “never did.” God bless you.