How Do We Spend Our Time
Ephesians 5:16: Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Colossians 4:5: Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
Do we spend our time doing what the Lord wants us to do or do we spend our time doing what we want to do? How we spend our time is a very accurate measure of our relationship with the Lord or lack of one. Unbelievers spend zero time doing what the Lord wants them to do. Wise and joyful Christians spend much of their time serving the Lord. Foolish and carnal Christians spend very little time serving Him.
We ought to think honestly about each thing we do, all of our work, all of our hobbies, all of our interests, everything that we spend our time on. Do I do this thing for the Lord? Do I do this thing for myself? Do I do this thing for others? We would all be shocked at how much time we spend serving ourselves and how little time we spend serving the Lord.
Luke 2:36-37: And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; 37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
How much like Anna are we?
1 Thessalonians 2:9: For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.
1 Thessalonians 3:10: Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
It wasn*t just the Apostle Paul who served the Lord night and day.
Psalms 1:1-2: Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
This is the first wisdom that David, the man after God*s own heart, gave us. Meditating on the Bible day and night is what a blessed man does. He doesn*t waste time following the ungodly.
Acts 17:11: These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
There is a direct relationship between how noble we are as believers and our attitude toward the Bible. Do we search it daily or seldom? Each one of us ought to ask ourselves this question: Why should God give me a life to waste on myself?
Deuteronomy 6:18: And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers,
Ephesians 6:2: Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
I believe that the Lord is a wise investor and often gives better and longer lives to those who serve Him faithfully. Why should He waste a long life on someone who will waste it on vanity.
Matthew 6:33: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
We should seek the Lord first chronologically AND always first in order of importance. I have discovered that the more time I give to the Lord the more joyful I am and yet I still foolishly waste way too much of it.
Care to discuss How Do We Spend Our Time with Ron?