Proverbs 15.9 observes, A life frittered away disgusts GOD; He loves those who run straight for the finish line.
When we think of frittering away our lives we think of using them on foolish things, of wasting time, talent or treasure. Parents think these thoughts of their children who spend too much time playing and too little time working or studying in order to work later for better pay.
The finish line in these cases is worldly success. A nice job, nice home, nice cars, nice vacations etc. What is the finish line from God’s perspective? The race He marks out before us is one of cross-carrying sacrifice in order to increase His kingdom upon the earth so that He is honored on earth as He is in heaven.
A life spent in self accumulation rather than God glorification is a life frittered away as measured by Him Who judges all and rewards all based upon the deeds of all. Jesus’ invitation isn’t to a club but to a commission. Follow Me is His invitation.
God has always been at work and continues His work of seeking and saving the lost, this is why He entered our world as Savior. Those whose lives are focused on finishing well, who are running straight toward the finish line are giving themselves wholly and fully to seeing people come to know Jesus as Savior and to helping them obey Him as their Lord.
Loving God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength and loving our neighbor by working to reconcile our neighbor to Christ, is the life Jesus lived and is the life He has commanded us to live if we would experience Him always, even to the end of the age.