December 13 Managing Your Time

Scripture reading: Ephesians 5:15–17

Key verse: Ephesians 5:15

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise.

Few of us think of time with eternity in mind. Mostly we talk of time as passing too quickly or of not having enough of it to do the things we want to do. There have been volumes written on the subject of time management. But even learning how to organize our time takes time to implement.

The apostle Paul admonished the Ephesian church to make the most of their time: “Be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:15–16 nasb).

What did Paul mean when he said, “The days are evil”? He was underscoring the fact that most people have their minds set on things that are fading and contain little eternal value. Ephesus was a major seaport and the largest commercial center west of the Taurus Mountains. It also was a hub of pagan activity with the temple of Diana located there.

Learning how to correctly manage your time comes down to a matter of discipline. Are you focused on the things God has given you to do, or are you being drawn away by other activities?

The church in Ephesus was dear to Paul’s heart, and the believers there were sincere in their devotion to Christ. They refused to yield to the pressures around them, and as a result God gave them strength to overcome the enemy. Jesus will do the same for you.

Lord, teach me how to invest my time wisely. Give me the strength to overcome the pressures around me and set proper priorities.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2002). Seeking His face (p. 364). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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