Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Ephesians 5:15-17 (NIV)
It’s About Time
You have been given time. Time is a gift from me. You will be wise if you are very careful how you live your life. You will be considered wise if you make good use of the time, I have given to you. Are you being very careful how you live your life? Are you making the very best use of your time? Are these questions that you have taken time to sit down to consider? No, I don’t think so. I may have vaguely thought of these questions as I have gone through life. But I have never taken time to sit down to closely examine how I am living my life and using my time. It’s about time, don’t you think? Yes, it is about time. It’s past time. But it’s not too late. That’s good.
There is a huge problem, however. What’s that? I’m pretty sure that I am not a very good judge of how I am living my life and using my time. Why do you say that? I have made so many mistakes. I have wasted so much time. If I have any hope of wisely living my life and making the best use of my time, I will need a lot of help. I will need your help. Are you asking me for my help? Yes, I am asking you for help. My help will come to you in proportion to how well you listen to me. I’m not exactly sure what you mean. You will still need to take time to sit down to evaluate how you are living your life and using your time. You will ask the questions, but the answers will come from me. How is that? How do I speak to you? What have I given to you so you can hear from me? You have given me your word. You speak to me through your word. Yes, I do. My word will help you to evaluate your life and how you are using your time. Spend time with me in my word and you will grow wise in how you live your life and how you use your time. What else have I given to you? You have given me your Holy Spirit. Yes, my Holy Spirit is living inside of you. As you listen to the voice of my Holy Spirit, you will know where to go and what to do. My Holy Spirit will help you to live the life that I have called you to live. My Holy Spirit will help you to wisely make the best us of the time you have been given. Will you listen to my word? Will you listen to my Holy Spirit? Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, help me to examine how I am living my life and using the time you have given to me. Help me to know and do your will as I follow and serve you. I want each one of my days to be wisely used to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Amen
Key Question… When do you take time to closely examine how you are living your life?
Living It Out… Carefully examine how you are living your life and using your time as you follow and serve the Lord.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will help you to know and do His will so that you will not act foolishly.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has helped you to know and do His will.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you understand what the will of the Lord is so that you do not act foolishly.
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