Make the Best Use of Your Time
The last two days have not afforded me any time to sit and read my Bible. Between the kids' first day of school, running errands for friends, or volunteering for parking duty at the Pre-School (Volunteers wanted, inquire within!), My typical quiet time was non-existent. I say typical, because, in spite of my busy schedule, I still made time to quiet my soul, be in the Word, and be in God's presence. As I was driving yesterday, I connected my phone to the blue tooth, and listened to my scriptures for the day, twice, once each in a different version. I did the same today as I was standing out in the Parking lot. I opened my Bible app, and listened to the word, twice, once in different versions. I made the time to be with the Lord. I prayed during the quiet time, and listened. I decided that in serving others for Christ, I would also hear from His word as well.
I'm not trying to boast or brag; if I have anything to boast in, it is Christ Jesus alone. The point I'm trying to make is that we make time for what is important. Many of us say "I don't have time to sit and read the Bible. I have to do 'x,' 'y,' and I can't drop 'z,' no matter what." We become so busy that we neglect that which we claim is most important and SHOULD be the reason for all we do: our relationship with God. Recent events prove the scriptures: "Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil" (Ephesians 5:15-16). We need to make sure that our time is wisely and well spent, and there is nothing wiser than seeking God in all things. If God is truly most important, then you'll find a way. Make the most of your time, the days are indeed evil. Fix your eyes on Jesus, and He will bring everything in to focus. Ephesians 5:1-21 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.