Christian Fellowship 1996-12-10 - Redeeming Time

Today's Verse: Eph 5:16

Things to do to improve your time.

  1. Improve your use of time without delay. The more time you delay in improving your time the more time you lose. This is sure evidence that you are out of your mind. Don't think that you will begin to improve your time next week or at the first of the year, do it now. Such was the statement by the Psalmist in 119:60,
    "I made haste, and delayed not to keep your commandments".

  2. Be careful to improve the parts of time that are most precious. It is true that all time is precious, but there is a distinction between holy time and common time. When you attend worship do not be careless about how you attend or inattentive and be sure not to let your imagination run wild.
    Isaiah 55:6, "Seek the Lord while he may be found, and call upon him while he is near." How foolish are we when we waste our time, but how much foolish we are when we do not take advantage of the seasons of refreshing that are for our spiritual well being.

  3. Improve leisure time. Many people have a lot of time off. This time can be used to the greatest advantage to those who have it. We must be careful how this time is used because we will have to give an account to God for how we spent it. Amusements that accomplish nothing are the exact opposite of using time wisely.

    We need to improve every talent and every opportunity to our greatest advantage while we still have time. Remember that some day these words will be said,

    "And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, and swore by him that lives for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that are in it, and the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea, and the things that are in it, That there should be time no more." Rev 10: 5, 6

Some questions to ask and reflections on time that is past.

  1. What can you show of any improvement made of good done, or benefit obtained, answerable to all the time that you have lived?
  2. If God, who has given you your time, should now call you to an account, what account could you give to him?
  3. What has become of all your time? Has your time been all in vain? Would it have been better for you if all this time you had been asleep?

If talking about using time wisely will not get us to use our time to our advantage, there is one thing that will, experience. Experience always convinces us of the preciousness of time. Experience is the great educator and eye-opener. And yet when we learn this way it is often too late to do us any good.

Soli Deo Gloria,