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Time Management

October 19, 2015

Every person does what he wants to do. When it comes to time, everyone has many choices about what activities to engage in and what projects to accomplish during a given day. Some of those things are defined because of a desire to keep food on the table and the lights glowing. After the necessary things are accomplished, that is, when the schedule is not being dictated by an employer, everyone has time every day which is his own. Those hours get quickly filled with projects, commitments, recreation and visits with friends or family. The daily demands on time are unrelenting. Every person decides how to fill his time based upon the things he considers most important. The use of ones times is an accurate reflection of what things an individual deems to be most important. Each one might have good and necessary reasons for wanting to spend his time in a certain way, but in the end each does what he wants to do. This is not necessarily a rebuke. It is intended to be a help in clarying the way the reader thinks about his time. The temptation is to think the hours are magically, or maybe maliciously, filled to capacity by events beyond ones control. This is usually not the case. We all make time to do what we really want to do. We do the things that are most important to us. We do the things that we have strong feelings about or a strong love for.

This was true in the life of Paul. Paul filled his days and nights with intense labor. The book of Acts and the Pauline episles provide ample evidence that Paul’s time was filled. He was a very busy man. Many times the difference between Paul’s life and many Christian’s is that Paul was purposeful in his busy-ness. He knew what motivated him and intentionally acted according to accomplish those motives. His motive was the glory of God through the preaching of the gospel and the training of believers to live fitting of the God of their salvation.

The gift of salvation is just that, a gift. No one has to earn it. No one can earn it. None can deserve it, either before salvation or after. At no point should the Christian’s behavior be an attempt to merit salvation. However, in response to salvation the Christian should live in a way that is fitting to the salvation he has been given. Consider just one facet of thisthe Christian’s calling. At salvation the believer is set apart into the kingdom of God and made fit to be partakers of the glorious inheritance of eternal life. No more is the Christian a part of the kingdom of this world, the kingdom of darkness which is under the domination of Satan. At salvation the Christian is taken out from under the “power of darkness” and his citizenship is transferred to “the kingdom of His dear Son.” Every believer is now a member of the kingdom of God. Each Christian is set apart to a greater kingdom. All must live a life appropriate to citizens of that kingdom. All must live in a manner fitting for those who are children of God and joint-heirs with Christ. How do you spend your time?

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