We all get 24 hours each day.
A lot of demands on our time.
Will we be master over or time or will time master us?
Americans spend six months in their lifetimes sitting at stop lights. They spend six years eating.
Average teen spends 9 hours a day on electronic devices.
How are we managing time from a stewardship perspective? The says we get 70, maybe 80 years.What happens in the dash -- the time in between your birth and death?
"Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom." Psalm 90:12
We cut our time into pieces.
What do we do with each day?
"As for the days of our [a]life, [b]they contain seventy years,
Or if due to strength, eighty years,
Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow;
For soon it is gone and we fly away." Psalm 90:10
No way we can extend it. The goal is to gain a heart of wisdom.
Discern what is of value and apply it to our day.
Everything we have is set on a certain time (like start of business day, appointments, meal times).
Think about how fast your life is moving.
As we run we miss stuff.
"the hurrier I go the behinder I get"
Time almost becomes a nuisence. Are we slaves to time?
Triage: the sorting of medical patients to treat the worst one first -- put them in priority -- most important to the one who can wait. We must triage our time.
Do the important things first. Prioritize things.
God wants all of us.
Tendence to forget God.
He wants our time because we want to spend time with Him.
First fruits. Give off the top.
16 "[a]making the most of your time, because the days are evil. 17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is." Ephesians 5:16-17
Days will get away from us.
Satan loves to get us so busy we forget God and people.
You can tell what someone values by what they spend their time on.
Make the most of what we have.
Budget our time.
How have I served God faithfully with my time? How do I show others Jesus with my time?
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and [a]foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:36-40
Are we spending our time honoring God and loving others?
Average Christian spends 15 minutes a week in prayer!
What's the most important part?
We go so fast we miss stuff. If we live distracted we won't see the needs around us. It is no accident to live deliberately.
Take time to slow down and notice people around you. Notice God around you. Notice what God is doing.
A little bit of distraction can cause a lot of damage!
Jesus spent time with God. It is necessary. Deliberate alone time with God is necessary. Jesus had to step back. It's that important.
"Redeem our time . . . Save all you can for the best in life." John Wesley
It is not our time. It is God's time.
16 [a]making the most of your time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:16
Rescue the opportunities in front of us. See what's most important.
1. Find out what you can and can't do. You can't do everything. You know what's important.
Are you too busy for God? If so, why? What's in the way?
What is it that I can cut out to give more time to God?
Are you robbing God and others of your time?
Who gets your time?