As Christians we are responsible for the resources and the gifts that God provides to each one of us.
The Bible teaches us that we are to be:
- Faithful stewards of God’s resources
- Faithful stewards of the truth of the Gospel
- Faithful stewards of the talents and the gifts God bestows upon us
- Faithful stewards of the financial resources God blesses us with
- Faithful stewards of the relationships we share with our church, our families and our friends
- And last but certainly not least we are to be faithful stewards of the time, the minutes, hours, days, months, and years that make up our lives.
Redeeming the time
Time is the one resource that God dispenses equally to all. Some may have greater gifts of intelligence or money. To some God gives ten talents and to others five and to some just one. But to all He gives 24 hours in each and every day.
We all have equal opportunity as to how we will use God’s time. Yes, you read that correctly I said God’s time. Everything belongs to God. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills and the wealth in every mine. And as the Creator of time he owns that too.
That means that He has the right to not only expect us to use it wisely, he has the right to tell us how we are to use it. He has told us to “redeem the time” because the days we live in are evil.
Time is on my side – maybe
We have to deal with time. We are born in time, we are saved in time, we are being sanctified in time and ultimately we will die in time. All of the important events in our lives take place in time. All of our accomplishments take place in time.
Furthermore the quality of our lives is influenced by how we use our time. For example if we “take the time” to read the Scriptures, pray and meditate upon God’s Word our spiritual life will see steady if not spectacular improvement. We will begin to experience a quality spiritual life.
Contrast this with those who either won’t take the time or give the lame excuse that they are too busy to read the Bible, pray and meditate. For these folks the quality of their spiritual lives will certainly suffer.
This same principle can be applied to every area of our lives. Using a portion of the time God blesses us with with to work and work hard will have a direct impact on the quality of our lives, and also impacts the way we feel about ourselves. Don’t you hate the feeling you get when you know you’ve wasted time, when you’ve wasted an opportunity? I know I do!
How was your day honey – productive?
I wonder how many people would feel better about themselves if at the end of the day they could look back and say “I’ve had a productive day”?
That’s a worthy goal for each one of us to have. To be able to review our day and say it’s been not just a good day but a productive day.
But in order for our days to be productive we have to make sure we’re doing the right things.
That’s what we’ll look at next – making sure we’re doing the right things! That what productivity to the glory of God means doing the right things.