What’s really unfortunate is that many of these things we spend time doing are “good” or even necessary things. I like to read and so I’ll find myself reading a book that has nothing to do with the Lord, His Word, or His Work. In the same vein I really like playing and learning the mandolin and spend free time to that. Is either reading or making music a bad thing? Absolutely not, but if they aren’t furthering the Kingdom of God, or my relationship with Him, they really aren’t the most important tasks I could find myself doing.
What’s even worse than the fact that we are forced into unworthy time-wasters by virtue of employment is the fact that we do not spend time working on things that matter for eternity when we have the time to. Instead we do those hobbies that we might find enjoyable, but are not necessarily profitable.
So the question begs to be asked: how can we do things that matter for eternity? The first answer is to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour. The Lord says in John 3:15 “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” That little word “have” is important. It’s not talking about acquiring something at some future, undetermined date. Instead it has the connotation of immediate, effective results. As soon as a person believes in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and accepts the free gift of salvation, eternal life is, at that point, bestowed upon them.
After salvation the next step to being productive for eternity’s sake is to abide in Christ. “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth for much fruit:” (John 15:5) As we abide in Christ, we produce much fruit that lasts, not for this life only, but for eternity.
Do something that counts for eternity today. Accept Christ, rely on His power, tell someone else about Jesus, read His Word, pray. The results may seem small at first but by and by they will make a huge difference.