The young often desire an acceleration of time impatiently waiting for the next exciting event. The older look back unable to believe how fast time has traveled. On Monday morning many cannot wait for Friday only to complain about how fast the weekend passed. Many live bored as time moves at a snail’s pace while others grumble that there is not enough time in the day. This dichotomy leaves the majority of the population throwing away the joy of today and squandering today’s power of opportunity.
God exists outside of time, but He created it for our benefit. All of creation was made for humanity and created time was a gift for us to steward. Every human being on the planet—past, present or future—will have 24 hour in a day.
Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
Our guardianship of today will determine our future!
In the same manner that money can be managed in wisdom or spent irresponsibility, our time can also be wasted or invested. We have the ability to use our time to construct meaningful purposes that will impact lives and build the Kingdom of God enduring throughout eternity.
“Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), make the very most of the time (buying up each opportunity), because the days are evil. Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15-17 (AMP, emphasis added)
How do we make the most of our time?
Know your God: Father God is intimately involved in your life and He desires you to know Him. My paraphrase of John 10:27 is, “My children hear and understand My voice and My heart. Because they fully experience Me they are not influenced by the stranger.” My filter for every life decision and how I invest my time is through knowing His Word (written and prophetic) and His heart.
“The God of our fathers has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One, and to hear words from his mouth.” Acts 22:14
Know your personal purpose: In Ephesians 1:18 there is a beautiful prayer for the eyes of our understanding to be enlightened in order to KNOW our calling and our personal inheritance. When we know who we are in Him and what we are called to do we are then able to discern where to invest our time, efforts, and energy. Take time to assess your strengths, skills, and abilities. Where does your passion align with His purposes? Who is in need of the passion you possess?
Know your priorities: Most of our time should be invested in what is most important! Often we are controlled by the screams of external demands; the phone ringing, texts, social media or distracting busywork. We become more effective when we invest into Holy Spirit inspired directives—doing good to others and our prophetic purpose.
I will leave you with a quote from Gordon MacDonald, author of Ordering Your Private World, “If my private world is in order, it will be because I have made a daily determination to see time as God’s gift and worthy of careful investment.”
Dr. Melodye Hilton