I got paged at the gym today before my workout was done. This wasn’t a surprise. It was a time of day I knew my son would not be likely to last the length of my normal workout. In fact, when I dropped off my older son in the gym play area, I told him to play with what he most wanted to play with first, in case we got called away early. Likewise, I made the choice to do cardio first, since I did strength training yesterday- to make sure I could get some in.
So why did I go? If I knew I would get called away, was it really worth it?
I think so. I was able to have almost twenty minutes of a cardio workout. That is an investment in my physical health that will pay back. And, that means I was able to have twenty minutes by myself, listening to worship music. That is an investment in my spiritual health that will pay back.
Knowing the time would be short didn’t cause me avoid going. It caused me to make the most of the opportunity.
In small group this week, we looked at the Parable of the Talents from Matthew 25. In it, Jesus emphasizes that we are to invest what God has given us (money, time, talents) in the things of His kingdom, because when He returns, He will call us to account for what we have done. Since we do not know when that time will be, we need to invest now. We need to be ready.
One person in our group pointed out something I hadn’t noticed before: the servants who chose to invest all made a double return on their investment. Jesus could have shared a story in which the return was not as large, and in it show a master who praised the servant for taking the risk anyway. But He didn’t. Why?
There is no risk in the investment of what we have for kingdom purposes. There is a guaranteed return on our investment.
That doesn’t mean the return will be what we want it to be. When we choose to give money, God may provide for us in unexpected ways, or He may use that investment to teach us how to live on less. When we choose to invest our talents, God may influence the world in major ways through what we do, or He may use that investment to teach us humility and dependence on Him.
We do not know how long we have on this earth. We do not know how long we will be in our current jobs, communities, or circles of friends. We need to live knowing that we might get paged away. We need to invest our money, time, and talents into the things of God that have a guaranteed return on investment.
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity. – Ephesians 5:15-16a
How are you making the most of your current opportunities?