The one thing we all have in common is the amount of time we are given in a day. How we use that time makes all the difference. Time is a precious asset. Once it is lost, it can never be regained. One of the key traits that distinguishes successful people from unsuccessful people is how they manage their time. Successful people control their time, while unsuccessful people let others and things control their time for them.
Make the most of every opportunity for the days are evil; redeem your time for the days are evil. Ephesians 5:16
The word “redeem” in Greek means “to rescue from loss.” We can redeem today, plan to redeem tomorrow, but for yesterday, it’s gone.
The days are evil- meaning we don’t have much time on earth. Now is the time. A procrastinator says “tomorrow I’ll be responsible” forgetting that his days are numbered. When we understand that we will die one day, then we will start living sensibly. Procrastination hinders progress. It is a canker worm that lives on excuses.
Don’t act thoughtlessly but understand what The Lord wants you to do- the secret to protecting or redeeming our time is knowing our purpose. Because purpose protects you from doing good things at the expense of right things(Myles Munroe). When you know your purpose, you can schedule your time or draw out a plan that will take you to achieving your purpose. But when you don’t know your purpose, you live anyhow; you waste your precious time on things that aren’t beneficial.
1 Corinthians 10
23 “Everything is permissible”–but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”–but not everything is constructive. (niv)
23 You say, “I am allowed to do anything” — but not everything is helpful. You say, “I am allowed to do anything” — but not everything is beneficial.
God has given us time. We are allowed to do anything, but not everything is beneficial for us. Not everything is worth our time.
Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit– anything that takes away your focus on your purpose; anything that destroys your mental faculty; anything that makes you lose control, Apostle Paul said you should not indulge in it because it will destroy your life(time). He said, “but be filled with the Holy Spirit” (the helper, teacher, comforter etc.). The one who gives you self-control; the one who will help and guide you to fulfilling God’s purpose for your life. Any habit (not only alcohol) that controls your life, that is not beneficial to your purpose,` is a time stealer. God equates life with time.
Verse 5: Behave yourselves wisely [living prudently and with discretion] in your relations with those of the outside world (the non-Christians), making the very most of the time and seizing (buying up) the opportunity– Paul said we should walk with unbelievers wisely. Because they will eat your time up. When you are dealing with unbelievers, he says, be wise. Protect your time.
WAYS TO MANAGE YOUR TIME
Know God’s purpose for your life
Avoid procrastination (procrastination causes retarded growth, failure, a constant feeling of frustration, etc.)
Make use of your dead or down time (a time of inactivity. For example, when on the bus)
Live wisely with unbelievers (because they will suck up your time)
Like David, we should ask God to teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. In other words, realizing the brevity of life; that we only have a short time to be on earth, and thus we should seize or make the most of every opportunity, living each day to its fullest. (psalm 90:12)