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A Lesson from Calvin

Anchor Devotional - 02.25.13


"Be very careful, then, how you live - not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil."
(EPHESIANS 5:15-16)

Ecclesiastes 3

1,440. That is how many minutes each of us gets every day. Have you ever wondered where some of your time has gone? Many days I am convicted about how I’ve wasted my time. As I counted the minutes and days during my long years in prison, that conviction grew heavy on my heart.

The life of John Calvin, a Reformer in the 1500s, is a testimony of one who truly redeemed the time. He preached every day and gave two sermons on Sundays, many of which we can read today. He wrote 22 volumes’ worth of commentaries on most of the books of the Bible. One of his best-known theological works, “The Institutes of the Christian Religion,” has been used in colleges and seminaries and by lay people for centuries. The amazing thing is that he did all of this writing in an era with no electricity. I’m writing this at 9:40 p.m. on my laptop computer with such ease. Imagine the time and effort Calvin gave! He had the same 1,440 daily minutes that we have…let’s make the most of the days our Lord has set out for us.

Scripture Focus

Ecclesiastes 3

Insight

"TEACH US TO NUMBER OUR DAYS ARIGHT, THAT WE MAY GAIN A HEART OF WISDOM."
(PSALM 90:12)

Read the Bible

  • Leviticus 19-20
  • Psalm 56
  • Luke 20