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July 28, 2020

Making the Best Use of Your Time, Part 1

“Make the best use of your time. …” Ephesians 5:16a (PH)

One day, hopefully sooner than later, this pandemic will pass! When you look back on it will you be able to say that you made the best use of your time? I have marveled at the creative adjustments individuals and companies have made to capitalize on this crisis.  They have become even more productive than before COVID-19. Others have not made the adjustment so well and have shut down, furloughing hundreds, if not thousands of employees. We’ve all had to learn how to live life differently. Daily, we are reminded of the wisdom of this passage in Ephesians 5:16 to make the best use of our time.

God wants us to be on target with our time because our time represents our lives. Whatever you spend your time on, you’re giving your life to; and when your schedule gets crowded, your priorities get clouded. Bottom line: waste your time – waste your life. So, how do you make the best use of your time? Here’s some helpful counsel from the Bible: “Live life, then, with a due sense of responsibility, not as men who do not know the meaning and purpose of life but as those who do. Make the best use of your time, despite all the difficulties of these days. Don’t be vague but firmly grasp what you know to be the will of God.” Ephesians 5:15-17 (PH)

If I’m going to make the best use of my time, I must firmly grasp what I know to be the will of God. I’ve been giving this more thought as I grow older, and I want to share some insights I’m gleaning from God’s Word that have helped me to make better use of the limited time I have and target it more effectively. For the next few days, I want to share some questions that have helped my focus, and I pray these will encourage you as well:

Here’s the first question I ask myself: Is it worth my life? This is the principle of priority. It comes from the first part of this passage in Ephesians 5:15, “Live life, then, with a due sense of responsibility, not as men who do not know the meaning and purpose of life, but as those who do.” As Christ followers we understand the meaning and purpose of life. We are to live our lives with a due sense of responsibility and to share that with those who have never experienced Christ and His love for them. To those without Christ, Jesus asked, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Mark 8:36-37 (NKJV) This is the real question at the heart of time management. What are you giving in exchange for your life? This is a question worth some thought and prayer before we look at the next one.