If you obeyed the gospel at the mere age of 12 and lived to be 100 years of age; If you worshiped God 2 hours Sunday morning and 1 hour Sunday evening; Even if you met 1 hour on Wednesday evening, and never missed one service; You have given only 2 years out of your busy life to God. If you study your bible 1 hour each day, you have given a little more than 3 1/2 years of your time. Even if you add to these totals 2 hours of every day preaching and praying, you have only added another 7 years. All totaled, 12 1/2 years of a Christians life was given to God. The point being, even the most pious are not devoting that much time of their life to God. Most spend this much time educating themselves with elementary and secondary education. Most won’t even come close to these totals. In fact, most don’t even want to faithfully attend church services, much less praying, studying, and teaching God’s Word.
Christians are commanded not to forsake the assembling of the saints (Heb 10:25). Christians met each Sunday to partake of the Lord’s supper, and to give of their means (Acts 20:7 f; 1 Cor 16:1-3). Christians are commanded to study to show themselves to be approved of God that they might be able to rightly discern the Word of truth (2 Tim 2:15). Christians are commanded to pray without ceasing (1 Thess 5:17). Christian men are commanded to preach the Word in and out of season (2 Tim 22 cf; 2 Tim 4:2-5). Aged women are commanded to teach younger Christian women to love their husband and children, to be chaster keepers at home, and to obey their husband (Tit 2:3-5).
Brethren, God is not asking every second of every day of your life in order to be saved. However, He is asking your reasonable service to the kingdom of the Lord (Rom 12:1,2). The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few (Lk 10:2). Most are not added to the Lord’s church at the age of 12 and most don’t live to see the age of 100. Christians have so much to do, and so little time to do it. Time is short and the clock is ticking. Therefore, use your time wisely. It’s time to either get busy living for the Lord, or get busy dying for the Devil.