Take Your Time
(or somebody else will!)
Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Intro: What is it with the fact that the more gadgets we invent to save time, we never have time??
My grandparents used to sit out in the yard and watch cars go by.
Remember when bug zappers were family entertainment?
I. With your Priorities
REDEEM: by payment of a price to recover from the power of another, to ransom, buy off, to buy up, to buy up for one’s self, for one’s use
I found this out – if you don’t take your time, someone else will!
Redeeming the time means you and I must buy back our time; recover it from the power of another
Illustration: There’s a story I heard once of a seasoned and wise teacher who wanted to change the lives of his young and eager class of students. Putting a big glass jar on the table in front of him, he started placing large rocks in it until they had filled the top of the jar. He then asked the class, “Is this jar full?” Everyone in the class shouted, “Yes!” The teacher replied, “Really?” He then grabbed from under the table some gravel and proceeded to dump it into the jar and then shaking it until all of the gravel had filled the spaces of the big rocks. He then asked again, “Is the jar full?” Some nodded their head yes. But most didn’t say a word. “Okay… let’s see.” the teacher said. He reached under the table again, this time pulling out a bucket of sand. He took the bucket and dumped all of the sand in and once more asked the question, “Is it full now?” By this time the only response he got was from a mumble in the back that said, “Probably not.” He said, “Good.” He then grabbed a pitcher of water near by and dumped it into the jar until it was filled to the brim. Then the wise teach asked, “Would I have ever gotten these big rocks in if I had started with the water, then the sand and then the gravel?” The class all shook their head, “No.” He then taught something this youthful class would never forget. He asked, “What are the big rocks in your life that must come first? What is important?” The class was silent. He said, “They are things like the time you spend with those you love, your faith, your education, your service to others…they are the things that matter most.” He then said, “Make sure to put the big rocks in first or you will never get them all in.”
II. With your Parenting
- 6:6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Definition of NURTURE: the whole training and education of children (which relates to the cultivation of mind and morals, and employs for this purpose now commands and admonitions, now reproof and punishment) It also includes the training and care of the body
III. With your Partner
JOKE: A police officer jumps into his squad car and calls the station. “I have an interesting case here,” he says. “A woman shot her husband for stepping on the floor she just mopped.” “Have you arrested her?” asks the sergeant. “No, not yet. The floor’s still wet.”
JOKE: I heard of a wife who gave her husband the silent treatment for an entire week, at the end of which he declared, “Hey, we’re getting along pretty great lately!”
- Eph. 5:28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
Definition of CHERISHETH: to warm, keep warm; to cherish with tender love, to foster with tender care
- Ecclesiastes 4:11 Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?
IV. With your Praying
- Colossians 4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
Definition of CONTINUE:
- to adhere to one, be his adherent, to be devoted or constant to one
- to be steadfastly attentive unto, to give unremitting care to a thing
- to continue all the time in a place
- to persevere and not to faint
If you and I don’t take our time in our prayer closet, somebody else will!
If you wait until the end of the day to pray, you won’t pray long!