Four metal workers were each given a bar of raw steel. The first sold his for scrap metal and made a quick $5. The second made his into horseshoes and sold the same metal for $25. The third formed his into needles and sold them for $250. But the forth man carefully shaped his metal into precision springs for luxury watches and sold them for $25,000.
Each of the four started with the same raw material, but they chose to improve it to differing degrees. That is a picture of how differently some people view their time. God gives each of us the same 24 hours in each day. Some will trade it for immediate gratification without even considering what they could make of it. This mindset keeps them impoverished both financially and spiritually.
But, on the other hand, those who make the best use of their time will be rewarded, both in this life and in eternity. That’s why pausing to consider how to make the most of your time, will redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.