Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is—Ephesians 5:15-17
Last week we introduced the subject of Christian stewardship. We’re going to continue that discussion today and for the next two weeks. In two weeks, we’ll talk about giving of our money. Next week we’ll look at using our gifts. Today we’re going to look at the stewardship of our time.
The first thing to know about stewardship of time is that there’s no such thing as “your time.” Your time is not your own. God is the Creator of time, the sovereign over time, and the maker of every day (Genesis 1-2).
This means that God is not subject to the restrictions and limitations of time like we are. He exists outside of time. This is why Moses can say of God, “For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night” (Psalm 90:4), or why the Apostle Peter instructs Christians concerned about the slowness of God’s promises to not overlook this one fact, “…with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” (2 Peter 3:8)
Different from God, we exist in time. This means that every day is made for us as a gift from God. When we receive time as a gift, we are forced to think differently about time. We start to ask, “What am I doing with the time God has given?” We may even frame the question a little tighter, “What does God want me to do with His time?”
At the top of the page, you can see Paul’s instruction to us. We are to make “the best us of the time,” or it could be translated, “redeem the time.” When we redeem time, we buy up time like a merchant who has found a prized jewel. We cherish the time God has given because we perceive its value and purpose, for it is only in time where we can know, obey, and glorify God.
If God were to take an account of your time this week, would “making the best use of your time” be the verdict? Let’s get a little more specific.
- Are you finding time for television and social media but can’t seem to locate time for Bible reading and prayer? (Joshua 1:8, John 6:63, Phil.4:8, Heb.4:12)
- Do you have time for your favorite recreational activities but can’t seem to pinpoint time for service at the church? (Mark 10:44-45, I Peter 4:10-11)
- Does the ratio of time spent on your own interests grossly outweigh the time spent on the interests of others? (Gal.5:13-14, 6:10; Rom.12:1-12)
These questions inevitably raise our sense of conviction. We can see how we’ve foolishly spent our time on vanities, allowing the passions of our heart to be held captive by things that do not matter. Let’s learn to number our days and get a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12), to choose discerningly with the limited time we’re given on the earth. With God’s help, let’s seek the Lord for the eyes to see everyday as the day He made, and every moment of life as worthy of rejoicing and gladness in Him (Psalm 118:24).