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How Do You Spend Your Time?
Thursday, February 21st, 2013

READY:
“Those who obey him will not be punished. Those who are wise will find a time and a way to do what is right, for there is a time and a way for everything”
-Ecclesiastes 8:5-6a
SET:
Imagine there is a bank which credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day, and every evening when you lie down to sleep, it cancels whatever part of that amount you had failed to use during the day. And the only variable is that you don’t know when your bank will stop this process. So, what would you do? You would find a way to spend it, right?
In theory, we all have such a bank. It’s called “Time.” Every morning, God credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night God has to write off as a loss whatever you failed to invest toward a good purpose. This account will not carry a balance over, either.
Ecclesiastes 7:14 (NASB) states: “Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realize that both come from God. Remember that nothing is certain in this life.” Each day God opens a new account for you. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back; you must live on today’s deposit.
Time is a wonderful gift from God. We need to take advantage of every second we have in all aspects of our lives. In athletics, we may be on top at any given moment, but if we do not use the time we have to prepare for the next game or the next season we may find ourselves behind. In life, it is the same. God asks us to obey Him and use our time to serve Him as He has commanded us.
Today, take the time to invest in others and in relationships by following Christ’s example of love and serving.
GO:
1. How do you spend your time? Do you focus on how you can glorify God with every minute?
2. Do follow Christ’s example by taking time to invest in others and in your relationships?
3. Could you spend more time serving God, serving others, praying, building relationships and sharing the message of salvation?
WORKOUT:
Deuteronomy 10:12-13
Ecclesiastes 7:14
Colossians 4:5
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cliff Fowler

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