“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is." (Ephesians 5:15-18 NKJV)
Statistics tell us interesting things about how each of us will be spend time in our lives…
- I will spend 6 months of my life at stop lights
- I will spend 5 years of my life standing in line
- I will spend 1.5 years of my life looking for lost things
- I will spend 8 months of my life opening junk mail
Our days are filled with opportunities that entice us to invest our time and energy. Each day the tyranny of the urgent cries out for every available moment. So many of these opportunities promise that time spent with them will reap great rewards. With all these opportunities shouting for our attention, how can we recognize God’s will for the spending of our time?
Every day we make choices in how we will spend our time. Each day is filled with only 24 hours and we must make minute-by-minute decisions on how we will spend those moments. How often we hear it said, “If I only had a few more hours in the day” or “How can I pack into 24 hours all that has to be done?” But when God made the heavens and the earth, He designed them to only have a set number of hours and He declared that to be “good!”
There is uniqueness about time. It can only be spent once! It can never be reclaimed. It cannot be lived over. So it requires us to invest it wisely. Investing our time wisely is critical to you and to those around you. It is often not “evil” pursuits that rob you of your time, but rather the temptation to sacrifice what is best for what is good.
As you begin your day, have you asked God to give you wisdom in how to spend your time? The Apostle Paul is encouraging us to “make the most of our time” or “buy up the time of our day” in order to live out God’s will.
Pray each day about these three questions in order to make wise use of your time…
- What is God’s plan for me today?
- What choices will make that plan a reality?
- What benefits will result in following God’s plan?
Today, let us make the most of our time for God’s glory.
Prayer: Lord, You want me to walk in Your will today and to use my time wisely. With the many options of how to spend my time, give me the wisdom to invest my time in ways that You know are best. I want my life to be lived for Your glory. Amen
New King James Version (NKJV) Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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