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Take the Time!

By Church of God Evangelistic Association
December 21, 2013

It’s hard to believe that another year has passed by so quickly! I sometimes wonder where the days have gone. So much to be done and it seems like there never is enough time. God our Father is very concerned and desirous that his children are very wise and careful in how they spend their days. “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise. Redeeming the time because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16. Yet in spite of the value God places on time, human beings often squander this valuable commodity thoughtlessly day in and day out. Moses considered time so invaluable that he prayed to be taught to measure it by days not years. Psalm 90:12 “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.”

God has entrusted each of us with sufficient time to do all of his will for our lives. Our problem is not that of needing more time, but of making better use of the time we have. Each of us has 168 hours given to use each week, 24 hours every day. Time can be lost, but it never can be retrieved. It can’t be hoarded it must be spent. Nor can time be postponed. If it is not used productively, it is irretrievably lost. A true disciple of Jesus Christ absolutely cannot afford to squander time on things of secondary importance, while the primary things (spiritual) are screaming for attention! A disciple’s day should be carefully planned. To excel spiritually there must be a selection of priorities and concentration on those activities that have Eternal Value! Prayer, Bible Study, Meditation upon and Reading of God’s Holy Word, must all be a regular practice in each of our lives. To do this daily is to fulfill Jesus’ commandment contained in Matthew 6:33 “to seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness.”

Brethren if you and I do not have clearly defined priorities, we will end up simply reacting to the temporal goals and values of others around us. If we can live with an eye on eternity it will help us to prioritize and bring our lives into proper focus. Eternity is Primary. The coming Kingdom of God must be our ultimate goal. By keeping our sights on God’s Kingdom, we will be better able to resist all those evil satanic forces in the world that seek to distract and distort our eternal focus on Godly living and holiness! So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18

Procrastination, the great thief of time, is one of Satan’s most effective tools in defrauding God’s Saints of their eternal heritage. It is a habit that is absolutely fatal to effective Christian living. Do it now is a principle of action that has caused many in the world to be successful and it is no less relevant in the realm of the spiritual. Very soon the final countdown to the return of Jesus Christ is going to begin, the last chapter in the history of this world. What is going to be said of your life in these very last days? Will your life show more organization, more time for God and the spiritual disciplines that draw you closer to him and bring freedom from the frenzy and busyness of this life? Begin today by taking inventory and setting goals! Determine to discipline yourself in the pursuit of the spiritual activities necessary to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. No one can squander time in vain and selfish pursuits and expect to receive a full reward or hear well done thou good and faithful servant.

Matthew 25:1-12 clearly indicates that time to change and prepare will be up at a specific time. Begin today by filling your mind with God’s thoughts by reading and meditating upon His Word. Take control and watch God’s Word transform, renew and fulfill your mind. This will enable you to maintain a steady course throughout your spiritual walk of faith. Don’t wait for spiritual growth to happen to you; actively pursue it! In doing this you will secure that glorious future and destiny promised in Romans 8:29. “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers.”

S. D. Gordon, 19th Century Preacher, wrote that “the great people of the earth today are the people who pray. I do not mean those who talk about prayer; or those who say they believe in prayer; nor yet those who can explain, teach or preach about prayer, but those people who take time and pray!”

Brethren, time is passing so quickly, before we know it the 7th Trump will be upon us. Now is the time to prepare our lives to meet our God. Tomorrow may be too late to start! Luke 21:36 clearly tells us that the people who will be counted worthy to escape what’s coming are a praying people! Let’s spend much time in Prayer to our Heavenly Father preparing our lives for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb!

Read: Mark 13: 28-37

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