Christ is the Lord of Our Time (Part Two) Jan. 7, 2018
Maple Glen Bible Fellowship Church Sunday School Class
Pastor Louis Prontnicki
- The time and priority issues we struggle with:
- What we can learn from people in the Bible with similar pressures:
- How Jesus Christ redeemed the limited time on earth that He had:
John 4:34 “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to complete His work.”
John 17:4 “I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work You gave me to do.”
- Time pressures that you probably face:
- Family: spouse, children, parents, sibling, etc.
- Self: sleep, exercise, rest, meeting with God, etc.
- Everything else: work, church, neighbors, volunteering, etc.
- My choices and God’s providence:
- Some of the demands on my time are the result of choices I have made in the past…For example: getting married, having children, volunteering, etc.
- Other time demands are related to the choices God made for me. (His providence)… Opportunities/ open doors/ inheritances; Challenges/ hardships/ diseases
“To whom much is given, much shall be required.” (Luke 12:48) Also consider the Parable of the Ten Minas (Lk. 19:11-27) and of the Talents (Matt. 25:14-30)
- Remember that ultimately you are accountable only to the Lord Jesus Christ.
You can never satisfy everyone’s demands on your time. You will rarely feel that you have done all that you were supposed to do. But all that really matters is hearing Jesus say to you at the end, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful with a few things… Come and share your Master’s happiness.” (Mt. 25:21)
- Biblical Priorities and Biblical Patterns which impact our Time:
- Biblical Priorities – that should impact our time:
The two great commandments (Matthew 22:37-39): Love God with everything,
and love your neighbor as yourself.
The Cultural Mandate (Gen. 1:28) and the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20)
Seek first the Kingdom of God (Matt. 6:33)
We must therefore weigh temporal significance vs. eternal significance in what
we choose (Phil. 3:7-11).
2. Biblical Patterns – that should impact our time:
We are dust, and to dust we shall return (Gen. 3:19). We live in the limited time
between our birth and death, and we have no ultimate control over those dates.
The creation and redemption pattern of six days of work and one day of rest.
(Gen. 2:2-3; Ex. 20:8-11; Deut. 5:12-15)
The creation and redemption patterns of alternating times and rhythms (Gen. 1:14
– day/ night; seasons/ days/ years- daily, seasonal, and annual rhythms.)
Ecc. 3:1-11 “To everything there is a time.”
Reoccurring festivals/ feasts (Lev. 23) and sabbatical years (Lev. 25), both every 7th years and every 50th year.
Remember: Daniel 2:21 “He changes the times and seasons”
Psalm 31:15 “My times are in His hands”
- Some Questions to Ponder that Expose My Heart
- Is there enough time in each day to do all of God’s will for that day?
- Are your priorities and use of your time pleasing to God? Consider doing a time audit, whereby for two weeks you keep track of how you spend all your time, in 15 or 30 minutes intervals. Then total up the times spent in each category.
- If God works in decades and centuries, what can I expect to see happen in a year or two?
- What’s my motive for wanting to be a better manager of my time? To relieve the stress and pressure? To be able to accomplish more and greater things? To have a more peaceful balanced life? Are my motives tainted with pride and self-righteous?
- Do I secretly enjoy being overly busy, because it makes me feel and look important?
- Am I ultimately looking to reduce the stress in my life through better time management, or in the person of Jesus Christ? (Matt. 11:28-30)
- Am I wanting to be a better steward of my time so that my need for affirmation and being successful can be met? Am I trying to serve two masters? (Matt. 6:24)
- Is my goal to gain more, or to lose all, for the sake of knowing Christ? (Phil. 3:8-9)
- Is my busyness and my over-extending of myself a form of legalism, whereby I am trying to pay back what I think I owe God? Am I chasing down God’s approval?
- What time demands am I listening to, and which ones should I ignore?
- Does even my rest not feel like rest? Can I enjoy my Sunday afternoon off? Have I learned to relax though Christ who strengthens me? (Phil. 4:13)
- Practical Helps:
- Take a day for praying and thinking through your priorities and use of your time. What does God want you to re-focus on, and what needs to be eliminated? What are your time wasters? What long-term significant goals should you aim for?
- Make a typical weekly schedule of 168 hours. Start filling it is with top priorities and essentials: sleep, time with God, work or family obligations, etc.
- Add in good disciplines (e.g., exercise) and volunteer ministries (e.g. church, EGG)
- Make a daily “to do” list: Do the hardest and most important things first.
- Leave room in the “margins.” Allow for divine appointments.
- Practice a weekly pattern of 6 days of work and one day of rest and worship.
- Redeem the time by accomplishing 2 or 3 things in one activity. For example, walking with your spouse in the neighborhood gives exercise, builds communication in the marriage, and provides opportunities to meet people/ reach out to them. Another example: take someone along with you as you so something (model).
- Memorize and believe Psalm 127 “Unless the Lord builds the house/ guards the city…”