“Express your joy in singing among yourselves psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making music in your hearts for the ears of God.” Ephesians 5:20 (PH)
So far we’ve asked two probing questions that help us make the best use of our time:
- Is this worth my life? This is the principle of priority.
- Is this a Divine opportunity or a beautiful distraction? This is the principle of discernment.
Here’s a couple more questions I ask myself to target my time more effectively:
- Does it make me come alive or cause me to die a little each day? This is the principle of alignment. If I align what I do with my passions and gifts, I can live a more focused life and experience the fulfillment God designed for me. It’s why today’s verse follows the previous verses we’ve been examining. When you put them all together, it makes sense. “Live life 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. … Express your joy in singing among yourselves psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making music in your hearts for the ears of God!” Ephesians 5:15-17; 20 (PH)
Targeting my time, like this verse expresses, results in joy – not stress. The word for hearts in the Bible refers to your internal motivations, your passion, and your desires. In other words, when I target my time with what I’m passionate about, it makes my heart sing! It makes me come alive!
- Will it bring me closer to Christ or take me further from Christ? This question takes us back to the main thing. It’s the principle of THE ONE THING – A Growing Relationship with Jesus Christ. Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Is it a growing relationship, or has it become distant and stagnant? Are you just content to hear about God, or do you desire in your heart to hear from God? God designed you and me to live a life of adventure and to experience Him in our daily lives. If you’ve never experienced Christ, do it today. He offers His life to you. The Bible says, “I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2 (NIV) The miracle is in the now. Wise people know that now is not only a good time; now is the only time.
You don’t have to just tread water during this pandemic. Make the best use of your time now! When you do, you won’t look back with regrets. You will have redeemed your time, making the most of it for the glory of God. One of the best ways of doing that is by connecting with other Christ followers in a local church. If you are not a part of a local church family that is striving to make the best use or our time during this crisis, we invite you to join the Woodlands Church family. If you missed our first online membership class last Sunday, we have another opportunity for you to connect with us this Sunday at 1pm at live.wc.org. You can register now for the class, and we will send you all the information you need. I look forward to connecting with you online this Sunday at the class.