You've picked up the phone and heard the commercial, you've gotten the envelope in the mail with it stamped in bold print letters, you've probably also received the e-mail because sometimes it manages to escape the spam folder. The e-mail announcing your new bank balance? The phone call congratulating you for winning hundreds, thousands, millions? You know the one.
But what you also know is, that it's all fake. There's always the fine print, there's always "the catch". Well, imagine if, every single day, you woke up and $86,400 was deposited in your bank account. Every morning, you awoke, knowing that you had $86,400 to spend any way you chose. The only "catch" being, you could only spend it today. You couldn't accumulate, save, hoard it for the future. Yours. Daily. $86,400.
If you didn't use it, it vanished from your account, never more to be yours, never more to be restored into your bank account, never more to exist. It'll be gone. Forever.
What would you do? Would you sit in a corner and tremble with fear and anticipation? Would you scream and spend it all frivolously on anything and everything? Would you share it with others? Would you invest it?
Guess what, tomorrow, you will have exactly 86,400 of something worth much more than money. Something money can't buy. Tomorrow you will have exactly 86,400 seconds, with the only "catch" being, you can only spend them as soon as you receive them. You can't accumulate, save, hoard them for the future. Yours. Daily. 86,400 seconds.
As soon as they're deposited into your life, they begin to dwindle. Begin to vanish. If you don't use those seconds, they vanishes from your account, never more to be yours, never more to be restored into your bank account, never more to exist. They'll be gone. Forever.
You'll never have these precise 86,400 again. And when the time comes when your Benefactor ceases to grant them to you, even if you offer "All your possessions for a moment of time" you won't get them back.
What will you do? Will you sit in a corner and tremble with fear and anticipation? Will you scream and spend them all frivolously on anything or nothing? Will you share them with others? Will you invest them?
The choice is yours. God graciously grants us a day after another, he lends us breath, and gives us 86,400 seconds daily. The rest is up to us. How to spend them, and where, with whom, all of it is our choice. We can invest them, to bring glory to God, or we can waste them. Your choice. What'll you do?
"I have only just a minute
Just sixty seconds in it;
Forced upon me - can't refuse it,
Didn't seek it, didn't choose it,
I must suffer if I lose it,
Give account if I abuse it;
Just a tiny little minute,
But eternity is in it!"