by Tony Nester

Making the Most of our Time
Tony R. Nester
Ephesians 5:15-16

The school year is just about to resume. Soon families will be tightening up their schedules to fit as much as possible (and more) into each day. We'll hear people saying, "I just don't enough time."

The Bible treats time with great seriousness. "Teach us to number our days," we read in Psalm 90:12, "that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom."

The Apostle Paul applied this wisdom of the Old Testament to believers in Jesus Christ. Here are his words from Ephesians 5:15-16:

"Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, {16} making the most of the time, because the days are evil." (Ephesians 5:15-16 NRSV)

Paul tells us to make the most of our time.

We tend to think that Paul is talking about what we call "time management". In one sense he is; but in another very important way he saying something quite different.

Time is part of 3-T stewardship. Our church teaches us that we are to be good stewards of our time, our talent, and our treasure. Just as every dollar we gain should be used for a good purpose; and just as every talent we possess should be activated to make the world a better place; so too every minute of life should be appreciated and made the most of.

Not a second of life should be wasted. Life is, in truth, made up of precious moments.

The Bible says that we need to be careful with our time because "the days are evil".

Time isn't spiritually neutral. Left to itself time will go bad if we don't give our minutes and days some positive spiritual meaning. There are endless temptations to waste time, to lose time, and to put time to evil uses.

Sin is the greatest time waster. Every moment we've spent in running away from God is a wasted moment. Every moment of hate, of jealousy, of anger, of pride, of envy, of greed, of selfishness -- it's all time that's been lost, wasted, and squandered.

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