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Marks of Maturity: Part 2 – Time

Marks of Maturity: Part 2 – Time

How well do we manage our time? Have we made Jesus Lord of our time? Time is God’s gift to us. Eternity is not concerned with time, but time is the most valuable thing that God has entrusted to us here on earth. It is a stewardship, and a divine trust! It cannot be bought or borrowed! God will ask us what we have done with our time!

We putter away so much of our time so that we often waste half of the day. If we kept up this pace we would waste half our life. Wasting time is wasting life! When we run out of time we have run out of life! Time is ticking away. How are we using it? God will give us enough time to do his will, but if this time is squandered we will not be able to fulfill all of his will!

Psalm 90 is a prayer of Moses. His generation had wandered in circles for 40 years. They had wasted most of their lives because of disobedience and hardening of their hearts. He is praying for future generations that we would not waste our lives going in circles, but that God would give us wisdom to know how to use our time wisely. (Psalms 90:12) “Teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” May God help us to come to the place where everything we do is productive, meaningful, efficient, and has eternal fruit.

Most of us do not need to be busier! The question is: Are the things we are doing productive? “Activity is not necessarily productivity”! In Ephesians 5:16-17 we are told to “Make the most of every opportunity” and “to redeem the time”

 

Making the Most of our Time

  • For most of us, it is not a question of being busy, but, “Are the things we are busy with productive?”
  • “Activity is not necessarily productivity”. We need to make every punch count! This is involves being in the right places, meeting the right people, saying the right things, and being led by the Spirit even in small details.
  • Are we rightly delegating responsibilities to the proper people? Do not try to do everything yourself. Even Jesus knew he could not be everywhere and do everything, so he deposited his mission and ministry into other men who could.
  • If we say we cannot crowd everything in a twenty-four hour day…we are too busy. Remember, God knew what he was doing when he made twenty-four hour days.
  • Do we need to have two jobs to pay for things we do not really need? This takes our time and energy, so that we will not have time for God and for family, and the souls of others.
  • Am I afraid to turn down invitations, often thinking I might hurt someone’s feelings? Learn to say No graciously. There is a way, so why not ask God to help us!
  • Take inventory. Are all these things I am doing absolutely necessary? (trips, activities, favors, etc.) After we have made a list, choose only that which is the most important!

 

Conclusion

What we want is eternal fruit. Let us pray that God will give us wisdom to help us use our time efficiently, and only for the things that really matter! In some of the Lord’s parables, He requires us to answer to him for what we have done with our time. Time is short, it is running out!





About the Author

Dr. Paul G. Caram is an author and international lecturer on the subject of Christian growth. The powerful truths presented in his seminars have transformed hearts and helped many to find fresh direction and new meaning in their lives. Dr. Paul Caram offers many valuable keys that help the believer gain freedom from the bondages of habits and personal struggles. He shows the believer how to find peace in his own heart first, which leads to unity with others.

A graduate of Elim Bible Institute in New York in 1969, and thirty years as a pastor and teacher, Dr. Paul Caram is the vice-chancellor of Zion Ministerial Institute in Waverly, New York, and vice president of Zion Ministerial Institute’s International Correspondence Course program. His books are in over 50 nations of the world in several languages. Dr. Paul Caram and his wife Betsy have pastored Zion Christian Assembly in Ulysses, Pa (United States). for eighteen years.

Dr. Paul Caram received a Diploma of Ministerial Training (Dip. Min.) from Elim Bible Institute. He also has received a Doctorate of Religion (Ph. D.) from Vision Christian Bible College.

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