Tillet S. Teddlie was an accomplished hymn writer with great spiritual maturity.
His hymns show the depth of his spiritual understanding. One hymn in particular, expresses a question we should ask ourselves in the New Year. The hymn says, “Swiftly we’re turning life’s daily pages; swiftly the hours are changing to years. How are we using God’s golden moments? Shall we reap glory, shall we reap tears?”
How are we using God’s golden moments? Are we living for eternity, or are we living without regard to God’s most precious desire: teaching the gospel to the lost and strengthening others with the word?
God loves everyone in the world, even the most unlovable (John 3:16). That love is evident in the gift of his son for the sins of the world. God’s love is a passionate, deeply moving love for people he has created.
Remember, it was God who took Saul, the murderer of innocents, and through his love, converted him into Paul the apostle, the lover of men’s souls. Why did God do this? Because there were people who needed to be saved and would listen to Paul. God told Ananias, who would baptize Saul, “he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel,” (Acts 9:15).
Brothers and sisters, God has brought all of us into the kingdom for the same reason. He desires us to take the gospel to those who are lost. They have no other way to escape the wrath to come if we don’t teach them.
But, what are we doing with God’s golden moments? Swiftly the hours are changing to years. Is it true that we have lived our lives with so little regard for God’s business that we have failed to teach others the gospel as we should have? Teddlie’s hymn continues, “Into our hands the gospel is given; into our hands God giveth the light.”
We have been given the light, brethren. Shall we sit idly as the lost rush headlong into destruction without lifting a finger to let them know the gospel? If we do, then what will we say to our God who depended upon us to teach them?
“Shall we reap glory; shall we reap tears?”