BELIEVE – Offering My Time

 

KEY SCRIPTURE: Colossians 3:17 (NIV) 17  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

 

KEY IDEA: I offer my time fulfill God’s purposes.

 

KEY QUESTION: How do I best use my time to serve God and others?

 

KEY APPLICATION: What difference does this make in the way I live?

 

Today we are going to talk about offering our TIME for God.  How many of you would like to know how to manage your time in this lifetime?

 

How many of you struggle with time?  How many of your struggle with being late at times? How many wish you had a better handle on your time?

 

One more question... How many feel that the way we manage our time is a spiritual issue?

 

After waiting more than an hour and a half for her date, the young lady decided she had been stood up. 

 

She changed from her dinner dress into pajamas and slippers, fixed some popcorn and resigned herself to an evening of TV.

 

No sooner had she flopped down in front of the TV than her doorbell rang. There stood her date. He took one look at her and gasped, “I’m two hours late . . . and you’re still not ready?”

 

We talk a lot about time. We say that we don’t have enough time or that we are passing time or wasting time. We spend time and we try to make time. 

 

But the truth is we are given the same amount of time every day. 

 

We can’t buy more time in a day and we can’t reduce the number of hours in a day, even though there may be days when we wish we could do one or the other. 

 

Time is important to us. The way we use our time says a lot about the priorities we have in life.

 

We are all given exactly the same amount of time as a gift to us.  There are 7 days in a week and there are 24 hours’ in each day – 7x24=168.  

 

We all get 168 hours every single week.  We have no choice.  We can’t buy or barter for more time, and we can’t decide to take less.  

 

We do, however, have a choice as to how we use each hour!

 

For this reason, time is, indeed a precious commodity, as well as an equalizing factor, for all mankind.

 

The key question then becomes this:  How do I best use my time to serve God and others.

 

KEY SCRIPTURE: Colossians 3:17 (NIV) 17  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

 

The way you use your time defines who you really are.

Being a Christian should change our priorities and how we view the gift of time.  Simply put, our calendars must be redeemed not long after our souls are redeemed.

 

Why else would anyone want to spend their day off helping people with needs at their house?  Volunteering at the church?  Giving food to the hungry?  Studying to teach a children’s class on Sunday, etc.

 

Time is a valuable commodity. The Greeks understood that truth. So they had two words for “time.”   

 

To help us with this – I’m going to bring up my son-in-law who is an adjunct professor at Life Pacific College to define these two words. Would you welcome Gary Merriman?

 

One was chronos.  It’s the word for sequential time or chronological time.  It is time in minutes and seconds.  

 

The second word for “time” is kairos.  It’s a word used for a window of time, an opportune time, or the right time.  It has to do with a period of time that opens itself up and one needs to make the most of it when it does.

 

The problem is we don’t always operate on kairos time.  We fill our calendars with one task or meeting or event after the next until it is full.  And because we do, we often miss kairos moments.  

 

We only have so much chronos time.  We have even fewer kairos moments.

 

That’s why Paul tells us to wake up and pay attention to how we are living our life.  

 

Ephesians 5:15-16 (ESV) 15  Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

 

Here is the word “walk.” Paul uses it seven times in this writing and this is the last of the seven times you can find it in Ephesians.  

 

Paul has hammered home this idea that there is an old way we “walked” and now, because we are people on whom Christ’s light has shined, we have a new way to “walk.”  

 

From here on out he will give us examples of how that walk should look.

 

There’s basically two ways we can use our time as we “walk.” 

 

We can either use our time to be unwise (foolish) or wise.  Paul tells us that wise people “make the best use of the time.”  

 

This “time” is kairos time.  Jesus followers are people who watch out for those moments or seasons when there is an opportunity.  

 

And when we see them, we “purchase them, we snatch them up, we redeem them.  We make the best use of our time.”  

 

The reason we need to make good use of our time is that the “days are evil – v.16.”  

 

Impurity, greed, sexual immorality, lack of acknowledgement of God permeated the days of Paul.  

 

And they do ours too.  

 

As a result,  we can’t miss the Kairos moments get away from us.

 

But we do miss them.  We allow our Kronos time to be filled up with meaningless things that don’t lend itself to Kairos..  

 

If we don’t “look carefully how we walk” we will lead wasted lives.

 

So how do we snatch up the kairos moments?  

 

Ephesians 5:17 (ESV) 17  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 

 

The word he chooses here for “foolish” was used in the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Old Testament) for the one who denied God.  

 

If we want to come to an understanding of what the will of the Lord is in how we make the most of our time then look at how Jesus spent his time.  

 

Look at who he spent it with.  Look at the moments he captured for God’s purposes. 

 

John 5:19 (ESV) 19  So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. 

 

 It all boils down to two major things: he watched for opportunities to love God and to love people.

 

You can’t schedule all of that with kronos time. 

 

You have to look for windows of opportunity to redeem the time (Kairos).

 

  • That means parents, you only have a limited time to influence your kids towards Christ.  And the sand is running out.
  • That means Christian, you only have a limited time to love your neighbor.  And the sand is running out.
  • That means worker, you only have a limited number of lunch opportunities or casual chats where someone might be opening up to you so they can find God.  And the sand is running out.
  • That means for all of us, we only have a limited amount of times where we can make an impact.  The sand is running out.

 

It is said that only 22 million of America’s 316 million residents are going to church.  The devil is snatching every opportunity to take their focus off of God.  We should be just as vigilant to “redeem the time.”

 

In the rest of Ephesians Paul tells us to redeem the time in our marriages, in our relationships with our children, and in our workplace.  

 

He’ll tell us it is a battle and we have to put on the armor of God to be strong.

 

BASIC TIME PRINCIPLES

 

1.  We All Have The Same Amount Of Time

2. We All Have All The Time We Need

3. When We Are Pressured By Time, It Means Either:

    A. We are doing the wrong things

    B. We are doing the right things the wrong way

 

BASIC TIME MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES

 

1.  Plan Your Time

If You Don’t – Others Will

 

2. Leave Margin For The Unexpected 

 

3. Do One Thing At A Time And Finish It

 

    Jesus modeled this for us when He said, “I finished the work you gave me to do…”

 

4. Learn To Say “No

 

5. Separate The Important From The Urgent

 

6. Be Decisive

 

    James – “The double minded mind is unstable in all his ways.”

 

7. Write It Down

 

8. Be Time Conscious 

 

    “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

 

Our time should be like our money – in the hands of God to be used for His glory and not ours.  We are to “occupy till He comes.”

 

So what can we do to make the best use of our time? 

 

9. Account For Your time

 

Write down what your doing and who you are doing it with.

 

10. Pray About What Adjustments Need To Be Made

 

These questions might help:

 

How would Jesus have used this time if he were in my shoes?

 

Would he have gone where I went? Would he have read what I read? Would he have watched what I watched? Would he have worked like I worked?

 

Is there something God is calling me to do that I need to add to my schedule? A visit to someone? Some Sabbath rest? A ministry activity?

 

Once you know where your time is going and have analyzed the adjustments you need to make, then 

 

11. Make The Necessary Adjustments

 

Be proactive and train yourself to do the important things first. If you do, you’ll have time to get to the other activities on your list.

 

Chronos moments are disappearing with each second.  Our Kairos moments are too.  

 

Let’s make the best use of them.
  

Whether one goes to hell or to heaven is dependent upon whether or not during one of those 36,792,000 minutes of a 70 year old person life, if he or she took just one minute of time to give his or her life to Jesus Christ and make a decision to live for Him. 

 

Jesus said "I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me." 

 

The Bible says, there is no other name in heaven, earth, or under the earth by which anyone will be saved other than Jesus Christ. 

 

Your clock is ticking down letting you know you are running out of time to do what God requires of you. 

 

The first step is getting saved. 

 

The second is living the life God has for you.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (ESV) 1  For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2  a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3  a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4  a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5  a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6  a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7  a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8  a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace. 

 

There is a time for everything. The time for my message today is up. Amen.