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Ephesians 5:15-17 says, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
Time management has correctly been identified as the ability to acknowledge, to appreciate, and to accomplish what is important. One of, if not, the biggest battle that we face daily is that of distraction. There is so much vying for our time and for our attention pulling us in so many different directions that the time that we have been given is too often consumed on things that really aren’t that important.
Throughout the Scriptures, we find that the time that we have been given is purposeful, preparatory, and passing.
Psalm 90:10 says, “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”
James 4:14 says, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”
Time is a gift from God. It’s a resource that we have been entrusted with and that we are expected to make wise and worthy investments with.
1 Corinthians 4:2 says, “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.”
Today, we’re focusing on the first phrase found in verse 16 where the Bible says, “Redeeming the time…” In a previous devotion, we said that the word time has the idea of a window or a season of opportunity that won’t last forever and that may never come one’s way again.
It was William Penn who said, “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” Another writer expressed the same thing this way, “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem.” Again, as we have stated earlier, you don’t have enough time to do everything that you want to do, but you have been given enough time to accomplish God’s purpose for your life. When it comes to time, our greatest problem is not the amount of it that we have been given; our greatest problem is that we fail to use the time that we have been given appropriately.
God desires for your life to be productive, but God’s definition of productive is not primarily focused on your success; it’s focused on your faithfulness. The productive life that pleases God is a life that chooses daily to pursue their purpose through the power of God.
Jesus said, in John 15:4-5, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
John 14:8 says, “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”
How we choose to use our time is the greatest reflection of the condition of our heart and of the quality of our relationship with God. We need to learn to make the connection between how we spend our time today and what the result of that time spent will be tomorrow and for all eternity.
Psalm 90:12 says, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”
Because our life is so brief, wasting what time we have been given on things of little importance is the greatest mistake that we can make with our life and one that will regret later. The time and the energy that you have been given is very limited resource. God has shaped and prepared you to fulfill a very unique and specific role in His plan, but if you keep putting off until tomorrow what you were created to do, then you’ll soon find that you no longer have enough time to do what you were created and what He intended for you to do.
Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
We must understand that God is always ready to accomplish His work, but He has chosen to accomplish His work through the lives of His people. As such, every day we have the responsibility to make our lives ready and available for Him to use.
2 Timothy 2:21 says, “If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.”
It was C.S. Lewis who wrote, “If you read history, you will find that the Christians who did the most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.”
In conclusion, I want to leave you with the words of J. Hampton Keathley III who wrote, “God is maker and ruler of time and He has entrusted us with this precious gift. We must recognize that God is the One who defines what is a waste. God defines a waste of time as anything that does not contribute to the fulfillment of His plan and purpose for us.”
Let me encourage you today to take a few moments and reconsider how you’re choosing to spend your time. If you stood before Christ today, would He be able to say, “Well done,” or would your heart be full of the thought, “What have I done?”
Until next time, good day and God bless.