Accountable to God: Day 21

 

February 6, 2012
Today’s Text: Ephesians 5:15-17
Today’s Key Thought:  Wisdom is the key word in talking about the topic of our time.

 

“I’m so busy!”  Have you ever heard that before?  Have you ever thought that before?   I know I have.  It never seems like we have enough time.  But isn’t that a funny statement?  We don’t have enough time, but what is interesting is that everyone on a daily basis has the same amount of time.  Why does it seem like some people are relaxed and have enough time, while yet others seem like they don’t have any time at all?  I believe the key word is found in the verses we read today.

 

The apostle Paul tells the Ephesian church in today’s text to “walk”, or live, “circumspectly”, or carefully.  He then clarifies this statement by saying, “not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time because the days are evil.”  Paul tells them and us to use our time wisely.  When we think about our time the Bible is telling us to be wise.  That is the key word.  Why?  Because “the days are evil.”  Times are dangerous, and if we aren’t careful we will be in danger of wasting our time.  We will spend our lives in things that don’t matter if we are foolish.

 

Application:
When it comes to how you spent the last 24 hours, would you describe it as wise or foolish?  Did you spend or did you invest your time?  In what ways are you using your time foolishly?


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13 thoughts on “Accountable to God: Day 21

  1. Blake via

    those are very awesome verses that I need to remember well i’m home schooled so I cant really go any where to get in trouble and i’m very thankful i’m home schooled but there still will be times where I will do foolish things with my time but all I have to do to stay away from places that are not Good places is pray and just have to stay away from people who want to go to bad places with their time and just spend my time with my christian friends but if I wont hang out with those kids I can still invite them to church.

    1. grace

      good stuff…but just to add to that you dont have to being doing something “bad” to use your time foolishly. For instance, you could just spend too much time playing black ops or something when you could be doing your devotions and your chores. 😉

  2. Alexis

    Time is a very important thing. And I think sometimes I take this lightly thinking, “I’ve got plenty of time.” But our days are numbered. Whatever we choose to do with our time is our decision, but once you’ve done something with your time you can’t take it back, or re-do it. Once it’s done, it’s done. That’s why it’s so crucial for us to spend our time wisely. I’ve always been afraid of getting to the end of my life and realizing I wasted a lot of time on pointless things, when I could have been so much more! But here and now, I think I waste a lot of time. For now, I’m just thinking about the time I have as a teenager. I’m in my second year of high school, and time is really flying! I’m only a teenager once, and as scary as it sounds, some of the decisions I’m making now are going to be with me for the rest of my life. (No pressure, right?! ;)) I really want to be a good steward of my time, and do what it is God wants me to do with my time, NOT what I want.
    I had a really fun time last night, I hope you guys did too! & really great devotion today, I’m loving this series 🙂

  3. grace

    Like Alexis said we always feel like we have all the time in the world, but our days are numbered and we don’t have forever. Sometimes at the end of the day I’ll look back on all that I did and think how ridiculously I spent my time. I can just have some really unproductive days. It’s really easy to get carried away in something and then realize”Oh, i forgot to do this, this, and this….” I do it all the time and moreso when I’m just thinking about myself. Then I come to reality and realize I didn’t get to the 500 things everyone wanted me to. Managing my time is definitely not something I’m good at and I have to admit that my ipod is a big time waster in my life. I’ts almost like an addiction haha. I can live without it, but I spend a little more time on it then i should. So, I really need to just manage my time better and not waste it on so many artificial things like my ipod, for example.

  4. Mafalda

    I use my time foolishly sometimes and wise another time but I foolishly use my time by watching TV all day and on my laptop all day but other time it’s all wise hehe..like Alexis said time is very important and we have to use it wisely and one day were gonna run out of time to do the things we should of have done instead of procrastinating I’m gonna try to use my time wisly yea I am hehe

  5. Mafalda

    I use my time foolishly sometimes and wise another time but I foolishly use my time by watching TV all day and on my laptop all day but other time it’s all wise hehe..like Alexis said time is very important and we have to use it wisely and one day were gonna run out of time to do the things we should of have done instead of procrastinating I’m gonna try to use my time wisly yea I am.

  6. Ben Catapane

    How I spend my time foolishly would be playing too much video games when I could be investing my time in praying to God or reading the bible.
    But I am investing my time in doing the devotions! (:

  7. Laura

    In the last 24 hours I would say I spent some of it foolishly and some not. Is it foolish to watch the Super Bowl? lol. Well I did anyways. I definitely dont always use my time wisely. And I am definitely one of those people who talk about how busy I am. It is so true, everyone has the same amount of time. If God gave us 26 hours we would still say we didn’t have enough time.

    1. I am right here with you! It would seem like adding a few extra hours to the day would be really resourceful, but in all reality, we’d abuse it, just like the 24 we abuse now. This is also something I really need to work on, and have been in the process of working on. Time is not my best friend, but I’m learning to cope so we can work together and manage. These verses are really great and one’s I think would be really useful to memorize! Great stuff.

  8. ryan via

    This is a tough one, but like everyone else I dont always use my time wisely. What I got out of todays verses is that we dont know how much time we have and so we need to use it wisely. Some thing that seem really important now wont always be important later on in life. So for me I need to prioritize things better.

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