Time management systems are a big business. There are loads of books, planners, podcasts and tools you can purchase to help you wrangle your time.
But do you ever feel like you finally have it all together and then something throws you off course?
Does God really care about how we spend our time?
Pauls says in Ephesians 5:15-17:
15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Join me on today’s video as we talk about time management as a believer and how it might look different from the world’s system of time management, based on this weeks reading in Ephesians 5.
Time is a precious gift from God and none of us know how much of it we have left.
It’s important that we really think through how we are spending our time so we don’t waste it.
One specific area that Paul focuses on, in this passage, is not wasting our time being drunk with wine. He writes:
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.
I cover this further in today’s video — but let me add Proverbs 23:20 and 21 to today’s discussion. It says:
“Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor and drowsiness clothes them in rags.”
The lifestyle of a drunkard or a glutton is one of eating and drinking without restraint. As the Proverb says, they both cause drowsiness and essentially ineffectiveness for God’s kingdom.
The ability to say “no” to anything in excess is self-control, which is a fruit of the Holy Spirit(Galatians 5:22).
Drunkenness and gluttony are the opposite of self-control. They destroy the body and are careless Christian living.
Friends, I don’t want you to obsess over every bite you take or every drink you drink – that is not living freely but on the other end – drinking and eating to excess will imprison you.
In the middle — is self-control and being Spirit led – which brings freedom.
Be free today!
Be filled with the Spirit today!
And keep walking with the King!
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