“How are you doing?” he asked. The response, “I am very busy, so I’m doing good.” Conversations like this one are not uncommon in our very busy world today. We have connected busyness with doing well as if it were some kind of virtue. With all the advanced information and communication technology available, it seems we should be less busy. As we begin a New Year, taking time to consider how we spend our time and what keeps us so busy would be prudent.
Many Scriptures speak about redeeming our time because the days are evil and our life is short. Romans13:8-14 offers encouragement.
Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law… Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.
We should not be indebted to anyone for anything. Debt places us in a situation of obligation that could tempt us to compromise our standards or faith. However, according to 1 John 4:11, because God so loved us, we owe Him to love one another. We are to awaken from the sleep of indifference, hard-heartedness, or apathy that selfishness brings. We are tempted to waste our lives busied with the activity of nothingness. Activities that waste our life and time are often centered in self and not love for God or our fellowman. After all, the salvation that will be realized when Christ returns is closer now than when we first believed.
The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy.
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.
The “night” refers your life in this broken world today, and the “day” refers to your life when Christ returns. Carousing, drunkenness, etc. are the actions of a self-centered person. Our lives should be busy loving God and our fellow man.