Therefore pay careful attention to how you conduct your life — live wisely, not unwisely. Use your time well, for these are evil days. So don’t be foolish, but try to understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17 (CJB)
For God has given us all the time we need in the world to do what we need to do, but how many of us are using that time wisely and for the Will of the Lord? I tend to find myself as one of the guilty parties who spends more time doing the things I want to do than doing the things God wants me to do.
God has blessed me with the greatest opportunity that any person in their right mind would love to have and that is all the free time in the world. I sometimes I feel I have too much free time on my hands, but God has me where He wants me to be for a reason and I need to start using more of my free time for Him and not for myself.
Now I understand their are some woman who are not blessed to have the ample free time I have. There are even some women out there who are running around like a chicken with there head cut off, because like the movie Alice In Wonderland with the White Rabbit screaming ” I’m late / I’m late / For a very important date. / No time to say “Hello, Goodbye”. / I’m late, I’m late, I’m late.”
Clearly from reading the Bible Verse this is not how God intended for us to use our time that He has so freely given us. So here we all stand at the crossroads with either too much time, not enough time and I got time but I rather be doing other things with my time while I have the chance, so what to do?
If we read Ephesians 5:15-17 God clearly makes it clear about what we shall be doing with our time ” pay careful attention to how you conduct your life — live wisely, not unwisely”
So lets break this down, What exactly does it mean to live wisely and how?
In the KJV Dictionary at http://av1611.com/kjbp/kjv-dictionary/wise.html
Wisley means: Prudently; judiciously; discretely; with wisdom.
Prudent means: Wise in handling practical matters; exercising good judgment or common sense. Careful in regard to one’s own interests; provident. Careful about one’s conduct.
Judiciously means: having, exercising, or characterized by good or discriminating judgment; wise, sensible, or well-advise.
Discretely means: with discretion; prudently and with wise self-restraint. And Wisdom means: the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise.
So if we take a look at each of these meanings we can clearly see that it’s imperative that we use wisdom, self-restraint and common sense when it come to choosing how we spend our time.
It’s also imperative that we all remember as much as we like our spouses, friends, family, t.v., computers and all the entertainment this world could give us there’s only one thing that matters the most and that is spending time at the feet of Jesus Christ.
Without the Father guiding us through every step of our lives we are telling God we don’t need Him and that we can run the show down here, but the truth is we can’t! We need Him!
As John 15: 1-6 clearly reminds us :”I am the real vine, and my Father is the gardener. Every branch which is part of me but fails to bear fruit, he cuts off; and every branch that does bear fruit, he prunes, so that it may bear more fruit. Right now, because of the word which I have spoken to you, you are pruned. Stay united with me, as I will with you — for just as the branch can’t put forth fruit by itself apart from the vine, so you can’t bear fruit apart from me. I am the vine and you are the branches. Those who stay united with me, and I with them, are the ones who bear much fruit; because apart from me you can’t do a thing. Unless a person remains united with me, he is thrown away like a branch and dries up. Such branches are gathered and thrown into the fire, where they are burned up.” (CJB)
He’s our life source without Him we die of a spiritual death and we are just going though the emotions of life waiting to die and that is not how God intended us to live.
So how we can start living more for Him and less for us?
We can start by cutting out the things from our life and start replacing it with Him. Yes this wont be easy to do at first, yes there may people who will get mad at us, and yes there will be sacrifices to make but just stop right where you are at this moment and ponder this:
God made the greatest sacrifices for all of us sinners who kept turning our backs on Him. He went out of His way to give us His only Son so that we could have eternal everlasting life with Him and a relationship with Him because He loved us that much!
And let’s not forget what Jesus Christ did for us to at any moment before He was even born He of could said Father I am sorry but I don’t like your plan that I go to earth to be with those ungrateful sinners and die for them. I got better things to do like enjoying my life here with You.
But no He willingly came to be with us and as much as He wanted another way for us to be reconciled with the Father: He said “Father, if You are willing, take this cup away from Me–nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be done.” Luke 22:42 (HCSB)
Our Father’s Will was to be done and Jesus Christ went to that Cross that day as an innocent man to die for us!
We were the ones who should have been put to death but we weren’t because our Father and Jesus Christ loved us that much to make those sacrifices for us! Yes us the once sinners and now not sinners because of what Jesus did for us.
So now how much more important are the people in your life, the t.v., the computer, the entertainment and whatever else can use up your time than God?
For myself God is more important to me and that is why I have chosen to start cutting out more time in my day for Him. I want to understand what the Will of the Lord is for me and the only way I can do that is by spending time with Him. Remember time spent with God is never time wasted.
Love Always one of God’s Children 1/117/2014