Dr. Sandra Gray - "Spent for Fruit"

March 4, 2013

“Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12

As a child, summer vacation lasted forever;  but in my twenties, summers became shorter. Now, decades later, whether summer or winter, it feels as if I’m flying downhill on a roller coaster.  The passing of time calls us to reflect upon how wisely we use this great resource of time. John Wesley once said “The Possessor of heaven and earth placed you here, not as a proprietor, but as a steward.”  While we have a season of time on earth, it is to be “spent” in a way that produces fruit, yields a good return and glorifies God.  We have the consumption part of life down very good:  we consume air, food, space and material goods, but we were created for so much more.  As good stewards of the gift of life, we are to give back, not just be takers.  We are here for a purpose and we are challenged by the Psalmist, to make good on the time we have.  Jeremiah understood this, and recorded in Chapter 1:5, “Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work.”  Life is a gift from God.  What we do with life is our gift to Him. How will you choose to live this day?

Take my life and let it be consecrated Lord to Thee.[i]

[1]from the song “Take my Life and Let It Be”

CORNERSTONE:  Stewardship