Time: Your Most Valuable Asset


Last weekend I saw Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and thought it was a pretty entertaining movie. It’s a sequel to the 1987 movie Wall Street and picks up when Gordon Gekko is released from prison. I won’t go into detail about the movie’s plot, but Gekko definitely loves money and isn’t afraid to sacrifice almost everything for it.

I was taken back by one line that Gekko had in the movie: “Time is the greatest asset you have.” If you watch the movie, you’ll see that Gekko isn’t a super sensitive guy and for him to recognize that time is the greatest asset you have on this earth, it makes you step back and think about the things that really matter.

I love talking, thinking, creating, and building businesses that succeed financially. Money is a great tool to advance projects and to support causes in life. But once we make money our main focus in life, that’s when problems can arise. The tough part is that the problems come gradually and the important things get pushed back slowly. Not too many businessmen make a decision in just one day to make their work a priority over their family, but the small choices made everyday can lead to that very outcome – even if they think their priorities are still straight.

Allocating time to the highest priorities in your life takes a concentrated effort. It’s easy to unintentionally let important things like faith, family, and relationships slip by while you’re attention is focused on things like work and becoming financially secure.

I think this verse is a great reminder of how we should prioritize our time.

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. – Matthew 6:31–33 NIV

It’s important to understand that these verses aren’t telling us to forget work altogether and to focus every minute of our day on spreading the Gospel. We were created to work and according to Col. 3:23 we are to work at everything with all of our heart as working for the Lord. This verse is simply about priorities. It says seek his kingdom “first.” It’s up to us to prioritize the “second” and “third” thing we do – but I’m confident that we have a better chance of prioritizing these things in our life if we start with seeking His kingdom first.

We’re all given 24 hours each day – no more no less. Our time never increases, making it the most precious asset we have. So take a few minutes today and think about what you’ve been putting first. Is it his kingdom? If not, when was the last time you really evaluated how you were spending your time?

What are some ways you remind yourself to seek his kingdom first? Leave a comment!

This article was originally published in October, 2010 at FaithandFinance.org.

  1. This is a great reminder. I get pretty annoyed when some people say that there isn’t enough time in the day or that they wish days were longer. We all have the same amount of time each day, you just need to make sure to use it wisely.

  2. At the end of all my emails, I sign off “AMDG” which is short for Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, which meanse “For the greater glory of God”. It’s a constant reminder to myself that all my work should be for Him and His glory and not my own.

  3. Lisa Carver

    I get two distributions of your Christian PF. Can I cancel one?

    • Bob

      sure, just hit unsubscribe at the bottom of one of the emails…

  4. Michael

    Waste money and you can still earn it back. Waste time and you’ve lost a part of your life. Thanks for reminding us the set priorities wisely with our time.

  5. Sunganani

    I live in a country where “there is no hurry in Africa” truly applies…and it hurts us in more ways than we know. The country? Malawi. It can be quite frustrating how people treat time and wonder why things are not moving as fast as they want them!

  6. jerrylewis

    True indeed that each one of us is given enough time and not one has greater time than the other, it is up to us on how we spend our time, be it for our success, money matters and finances, family and above all for his glory.

  7. Michael Stewart

    A good way to remember to put God first, for me, I post a favorite scripture in my cubicle or desk. Another thing to consider, setting up a reminder in your email calendar to pray. If you set it for 7:30 and you come in at 8:00, it will pop up as soon as you sit down and login to remind you to pray first before you start your list of items for the day. Setting your car radio to a Christian station is a constant reminder while you drive.

  8. KC @ genxfinance

    Once time is gone, it’s gone. You can’t make it 25 hours a day either. So you got to learn to handle your time and squeeze everything in, make use of every second because time is money.