Godliness is the result of a disciplined spiritual life. But at the heart of a disciplined spiritual life is the discipline use of time. If we are going to be like Jesus, we must use our time in a way that is pleasing to God. “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16.Time is our most precious resource. It is perishable and irreplaceable. God in his grace has given us all the same amount 24 hours per day. The quality, joy, and impact of our lives are directly related to how wisely we use the time we have. This does not mean that we have to hurry or hustle through life. The Bible never says that Jesus rushed anywhere. He was usually busy, but found time to pray a lot. His total ministry was accomplished in three short years, but he found time to play with children, to investigate a fig tree, to take a nap during a boat ride, to rest at noon-time beside a well, and to attend a wedding reception. The Bible does not say, "If you hurry, you can catch up with God." It does say, "Be still, and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, and I will be exalted in the earth”Psalms 46:10. Jesus did not say, "Join up with me and I will work you eighteen hours per day." Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” Mathew 11:28.
How to manage time
We should use our time wisely. Ephesians 5:15-16 says, we should use our time wisely because the days are evil. There are things in this world that would draw you away from the practice from Godly deeds, things that would rob us from good use of our time. They may range from high-tech to low-tech distractions. But they all cause us to be preoccupied with things that have no spiritual value. Paul tells us to: “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:2. Therefore, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8.The things what we think about may not in themselves be wicked or evil but if their preoccupation of our minds draws us away from Christ that is evil. We need to redeem the time, take control of our thoughts and preoccupations and in order that we may better serve Christ. We also need to know that time is limited.
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