“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)
The most often asked question in a given day is 'What time is it?' Time is a very important part of our lives, and God has a great deal to say about how we should use it. Many people are aware of the fact that work has to be done on time. In fact, if you can't finish the tasks that require to be accomplished in a day, you presumably require a time management solution. It's not unusual.
There isn't anything we can do about time itself. It keeps ticking the same as ordinary but we can change how we deal with events though.
We cannot change the amount of time there is in a day. No matter how we juggle things around, there is still only twenty-four hours in a day.
This gives us a limited amount of time to work on during the year - in fact one might say that despite differing opportunities in life everyone has the exact amount of time, so the only thing we can do in our lives when it comes to time is altering the way we use it.
Time is the least considered, worst managed, and yet most valuable resource we have.
Once you realize this, you know that wasting time leads to a wasted job, project or even life itself.
But if we are to become what God wants us to be, then Our Time must be brought under God’s discipline because the way we use our time reveals our values and priorities.
Let’s see how Jesus made most of his time.
First, in Mark 1:45, “…very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Before anything else, Jesus prayed very early in the morning, before doing any task, before making any decision or even before having his breakfast.
Second, in Matthew 14:23, “After He had dismissed them, He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Take note that after ministering to the people, by healing the sick, delivering the captives, preaching hope and salvation, Jesus often went up on a mountain side by himself to pray, giving thanks to the Father.
Third in Luke 5:15-16, “Yet the news about Him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”
The more Jesus’ name spread and the more He ministered to the crowd the more He often withdrew to lonely places and take time to pray.
Lastly, in Luke 6:12, “One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.”This time Jesus went to a mountainside for an overnight prayer with God!
From the above illustrations of Jesus’ life we can derive at least some lessons in making use of our time here on earth.
Firstly, Jesus knew that in His span of time on earth, the most valuable thing was spending time alone with the Father. The greatest time saver is prayer. As you seek God’s mind concerning your schedule, or what direction to take, prayer becomes like a compass in your life.
Secondly, it isn’t how long you live, but what you do with the time God has given you.
Thirdly, fill up your time with things of eternal value.
Remember- “Satan Trembles When We Pray.” The one concern of the devil is to keep the saints from prayer. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray!” Jonathan Edwards.
The Most Important Thing- “O Brother pray inspite of Satan: Pray spend hours in prayer rather neglect friends than not pray, rather fast and forget food-and sleep too-than not pray. And we must not talk about prayer, we, must pray!” Andrew Bonar
Are you drifting through life and filling up your time with things of no eternal value? Or are you investing your life to the glory of God?
AGAIN WHAT TIME IS IT? IT IS TIME