In the early days of another year, it is important to consider how we use the time God gives us, since the hours, days and months will quickly pass away.
Satan will use any distraction possible to influence how we spend the precious moments God gives to us each day. So, as we seek victory in spiritual warfare, we must be vigilant against time bandits — those activities and influences that rob us of the moments and minutes that fly past us in swift succession.
Ephesians 5:15-16 (CSB) says: “Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk — not as unwise people but as wise — making the most of the time, because the days are evil.”
Time is the zone in which we accomplish God’s will for us. But if we’re not interested in accomplishing God’s will, time has less value and indeed can yield evil.
In that sense, Christians live in a different time zone than anyone else. Jesus chose to live a schedule predetermined by His Father. It was important for Him to stay on task. He was born on schedule, He was baptized by John on schedule, He entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, He died and He rose — right on schedule. Ten times in John’s Gospel, Jesus said things like, “My hour is not yet come” or “The hour is here.”
What time says about us
Our culture has a million ways of distracting itself from the implications of its own rejection of spiritual values. Society says there is no God, no Creator, no ultimate meaning, no essential values. Most people cannot cope with that level of emptiness, so they need lots of distractions and entertainment. I’m not saying all entertainment is bad. I’m saying our world is drowning in entertainment of all kinds because it needs to be distracted from the despair of a life without God.
If our lives are meaningless, our time is purposeless. If our lives have purpose, our time is meaningful. As Christians, there’s a preordained agenda for us, and each day is a new opportunity for “making the most of the time” to serve our Lord.
How to capitalize on time
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SOURCE: Baptist Press – David Jeremiah is pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, Calif., and founder and host of “Turning Point for God.” For more information on Turning Point, visit www.DavidJeremiah.org. This column has been approved by Turning Point for redistribution in Baptist state newspapers; for other reprint requests, contact Myrna Davis at [email protected]