Monday, March 23, 2009

24 Hours

There is one thing that we all have in common - we all have 24 hours given to us in a day. Some people use that time and do so much in that 24 hours and others do so little and waste their time. What does the Bible say about our time and how we are to use it?

Ephesians 5:16

"Redeeming the time, because the days are evil."

Redeeming - to make wise and sacred use of every opportunity for doing good, so that zeal and well doing are as it were the purchase money by which we make the time our own.

We should make WISE use of our time! I hear people all the time tell me they are too busy to do this or that and how much they have to do everyday. Yet, when I ask what they did.......they come up with a blank....why? Because they are doing things that aren't really worthy of their time! So what is worthy of our time?

  1. God -time spent with God is wise and useful time!
  2. Family - as women we are called to love our husbands and teach our children!
  3. Others - if you don't have time for others, what kind of life are you living? A selfish one? To build a relationship with someone, you spend TIME with them. If you really love someone, you will not be so upset that you had to spend TIME to help them when they needed you!
  4. Self - contrary to some, we should spend some time on ourselves. If we are not taking care of our selves, how can we help others and take care of our families? It is when we let self take over completely and don't give time to the above, that our priorities get warped
There are some people who are so busy they have no time for God and they have no time for others. They are living a life unto themselves and they don't even realize they are getting no where in their 'busy-ness'.

If you don't have time to read your Bible and pray every day, spending that precious time with God each time then you have your priorities wrong! Let's look at Jesus' visit with Martha and Mary:

Luke 10:38-41

"Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.
But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her."

Martha was just so busy that she didn't have time for Jesus. She even got mad at Mary because Mary was not helping her. Yet, in reality, Mary was using her time wiser then Martha was. Mary was where it was really at - at Jesus' feet! Notice it said that Martha was cumbered about and careful and troubled about many things. Just what do those words mean?

Cumbered - to be driven about mentally, to be distracted; to be over-occupied, too busy, about a thing
Careful and troubled - anxious; troubled in mind; troubled with cares; disturbed

Martha was too busy and didn't realize she was not doing what was "needful", but Mary knew what was needful! How about we become busy with needful and useful things?

Just what is your life really full of and what are you really "busy" with? Stop and think about it and make a list of what you fill your life with each day and does it include God and others or just your own selfish agenda. If God is not first in your life and the top of your priority list then you need to change that. Then on the flip-side, some think they are doing God's will and so busy for the Kingdom of God but they actually forget the King!

You need to have goals and a purpose to your life instead of just running around being busy and not accomplishing anything! Set some goals! Have a purpose to your day and your life! Quit running around spending time accomplishing nothing and doing things that are unfruitful. End your day feeling like you actually redeemed the time and used your 24 hours wisely.

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5 comments:

Candy-Faith said...

Another excellent post! This may be a favorite too!! :)
I find that if I neglect my prayer and devotion time each day, that my day just doesnt seem a productive or fruitful. Roc and I read the Bible together every morning for homeschooling and that gets us both going for the day because we do it first thing before any other homeschool stuff.
Also, I have a private blog for myself that I made up with all my daily routines and I have it open everyday so I can see my daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal goals and housework and to do list. I find that really helps me.
Great post! :)

Twinkle Mom (Sunflower Faith) said...

God bless you and praying that you are feeling better.

It's so true and it's probrably a lot to do with the world; More and more people are becoming too worldy and treat being a Christian more like fire insurance versus as an active, living everyday 24/7 faith that is always there and always accountability.

The day will come when the wheat will be separated from the weeds and we have to be careful that we don't get mistaken for the weeds.

When you said, Just what is your life really full of and what are you really "busy" with? Stop and think about it and make a list of what you fill your life with each day and does it include God and others or just your own selfish agenda. If God is not first in your life and the top of your priority list then you need to change that. Then on the flip-side, some think they are doing God's will and so busy for the Kingdom of God but they actually forget the King!

It's a powerful reminder that we can't just proclaim that we have faith; We have to live it and experience it as well.

uke 6:46 (NKJV)

But why do you call Me "Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which I say?

Matthew 7:21-23 (NKJV)

"Not everyone who says to Me, "Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.Many will say to Me in that day, "Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, "I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'

Even the part when you said, If you don't have time to read your Bible and pray every day, spending that precious time with God each time then you have your priorities wrong!

Amen!

There is no excuse these days NOT to read God's word; We have mp3's, Audio bibles on cd; We can buy every size bible, fill every room with a bible to read...the only thing that keeps us from reading our bible is...well...us.

Christian Homekeeper said...

Thanks for the comment Candy! :) I agree with you on the productivity...it doesn't go as well without God!

Bev

The American Homemaker said...

I run, run, run myself crazy-busy every day and I KNOW I need to fit in scripture reading. It is so important to me and my family and I feel like such a slacker for letting it get pushed to the back burner!

Christian Homekeeper said...

Thank you Twinkle Mom for that comment, so many great things you shared!

Thank you American Homemaker for your comment as well and I think we all are guilty from time to time of what you said. The important thing is we realize it and change it. As one of my Pastor's say "It isn't change until its changed".

Bev

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