I have heard about time management for many years now. It has become a hot topic in success and self-improvement circles for a while. The truth is that it goes back a lot further than recent history. Men were inspired to write about time management in the Bible.
Today was the first full day of my vacation. I have been counting down the days at work for a couple of months. My wife and I are in the Florida Keys. It is one of our favorite places to go.
If I have learned anything about trips like this it is that this will be the fastest week of the year. I am not sure why it feels that way but it seems like time just goes faster on vacation.
As I watched the sun go down this afternoon, I saw just how fast we are really spinning here. The sun seems to barely move during the day. As the sun neared the horizon it seemed to speed up, quickly disappearing past as far as I could see. Time management is really bigger than I thought.
Do You Consider God’s Will When You Think About Time Management
I am afraid that when I think about my time left on Earth, I get a little selfish. The build up in my mind to this trip is a perfect example of this. I wished away days that I will not get back looking for a week of sunshine and relaxation. There is nothing wrong with looking forward to a vacation but I certainly could have done more for the Lord on those days I wasted before the trip.
One of my greatest faults as a Christian is my self-serving heart. I think this may be a problem for others as well. My goal should be to not spend all of my time trying to please myself. God desires that his children seek after his will.
Eph. 5: 15-17 – See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
Pray That God Will Teach You Time Management
I am a bit of a hard head. Although I know that I should pray for help in all things, I always come back to a place where I think I can handle things. Do you know that God wants to help you every day of your life.? He knows what is best for you in every aspect of your walk here.
The creator of time and space understands every moment that has been and will be. He knows how quickly our time here is fleeting, even when we don’t see it. Thankfully, on days like today, he gives me a little glimpse of this truth.
Do you trust God’s timing? Can we really take things like that to him in prayer? I believe we can. A psalmist also did many years ago.
Psalms 90:12 – So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
The Lost Are Counting On You!
How Christians spend their time matters to the lost. That is a sobering statement but it is the truth. Since Jesus saved my soul, I should do my best to spend the remainder of my days sharing God’s hope with others.
The apostle Paul understood this concept as well as anyone. He went from persecuting Christians to being one. We know that he spent many days after his conversion being beaten and imprisoned for trying to spread the Gospel. Paul must have thought that telling people about Jesus was a very important way to spend his time.
Paul told the Colossians that they should “walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.” Those who are without are unsaved. Paul knew that just like we can’t get the sun back once it goes down, it is too late to tell the world about Jesus after we pass on.
Jesus Knew His Time Here To Work Was Limited
The goal of a Christian should be to be like Jesus. He gave us the example of how to walk while we are here. I fall miserably short but it is still my duty.
John’s Gospel tells us the story of Christ’s disciples questioning him about a blind man. They wanted to know who had sinned to cause the man to be blind. Jesus told them no one had sinned, that the man was in that condition so that God’s work could be made manifest through his healing.
Jesus gave that man sight that day. He did this to show the world the power he had to heal. This work was done so that people would know that the Messiah had come.
Jesus was always about his father’s business. I understand as well as anyone else that is a hard thing to do. This old flesh gets in the way. Jesus told the disciples that day something that you and I will do well to remember. One day, sooner than you think, your work here will be done. So let’s get busy!
John 9:4 – I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.