We don’t know the day or time when Jesus will return or when we will pass on. But, we do know that our time here is short and won’t be delayed.
Here are four things the Bible says about how to best use the limited time He has given us:
1. Take control of our schedule.
Ecclesiastes 4:6 “Better a handful with quietness than both hands full, together with toil and grasping for the wind.” (NKJV)
Proverbs 21:5 “The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.” (NKJV)
The plans of the diligent lead to profit. It is important to have a purpose and a plan. It’s always better to work smarter than to waste precious time God has granted us.
2. Be careful with what we allow to enter into our mind and body.
Psalms 141:4 “Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men who work iniquity; and do not let me eat of their delicacies.” (NKJV)
Ephesians 5:15-18 “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.” (NKJV)
We must be “on guard” about what we watch on TV and social media, the songs we listen to, and even the people we allow into our lives. These things may not be against the law but they may be a distraction from doing God’s will. It's time for us to be serious about what we allow to enter our mind, body, and space.
3. Organize our life around tithing.
Proverbs 3:9 “Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase.” (NKJV)
Tithes should be the first thing we take out of our financial income. Where our treasures are is where our heart is too. In other words, where we spend our money is where our heart is. The Lord wants our heart to be set on Him, so it’s important that we manage our finances according to his will and direction.
4. It's time for us to live intentionally.
Proverbs 20:4 “The lazy man will not plow because of winter; he will beg during harvest and have nothing.” (NKJV)
James 4:13-14 “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” (NKJV)
The question we must ask ourselves is: What are we going to do with our time? Are we going to spend our time on Kingdom issues, spend time with God, in His word, praising Him? We must make the decision to start living our lives in a manner that will get us the eternal reward we all say we want.
What do you consider to be your Godly purpose? How are you spending your time to achieve that purpose? This week let’s:
Have a plan of action.
Be accountable to someone else. We weren’t made to do this alone!