Friday, February 17, 2012

Making the Best Use of your Time

"Making the best use of your time" (Ephesians 5:16)

Have you ever stopped to consider how much time is wasted in a day?  Did you know we are all accountable for our time?  The Lord knows our days and the time we have on this earth and he does not want us to waste the moments we have in this life.  He created us with a purpose and for a purpose in the time he has given to us.    He is the One we are accountable to for our time.

In Ephesians 5, Paul is graciously encouraging followers of Christ and also admonishing us to "look carefully how we walk."  Paul promotes discernment and wisdom in our walk in this world.  True wisdom and discernment flow from a fear of the Lord.  We are told to make the best of use of our time for time ahead.  Our focus should be on eternity.  An eternal focus brings this world into perspective.  We are told to walk wise in this world because the days are evil.  As sinners it is easy to get wrapped up in the evil ways of the world rather than set our minds on the things above (Col. 3:1).  Paul tells us in Romans to "not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing our minds, in order to live holy" (12:1).  We can conclude that spending time in the Word and in prayer would be making good use of our time.  The Word is where we find renewing and begging God for mercy is where we are given the strength to walk in holiness.

Sadly it is easy to get sucked into our culture which is so me-centered.  That is not to blame the culture because me-centeredness comes from a heart full of pride.  This means all of us are guilty.  If this wasn't a struggle Paul wouldn't have to tell us to make the best use of our time because we would naturally do it.  Since God has spoken it to remind us that we live in evil days, we should heed the warning.  We should seek his wisdom and grace in order to walk in a manner worthy of our calling.  We should see what his Word says about the best way to use our time.  We should seek to honor him with the time he has graciously given us.  Please don't hear me say we should be sitting in a church 24/7 because that is not making the best use of our time.  It does mean we should ask him for the grace to eat, drink and do whatever to his glory (1 Cor. 10:31).  We make the best use of our time when we can do life to his glory.

Are you "making the best us of your time"?  Are you striving to live for the glory of God in all you do?  This isn't easy but by God's grace it is possible.  Seek his wisdom and look carefully how you walk "making the best use of your time."

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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