Personal Devotional by Heidi Herrera, St Stephens UMC, Albuquerque, NM
Key Idea:
I offer my time to fulfill God’s purposes.

Key Scripture:

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17
In reality this is a pretty simple formula: “Do all in the name of the Lord Jesus.”  So we need to begin with him, and end with him; invoke his name, and pray for his direction and support. Doing everything in the name of God, and referring everything to his glory. Offering ourselves and more especially our time is a way of honoring God (as the chapter stated “In essence, we cannot talk about “our” time since all the time belongs to God.  Every moment we have is a gift from him.”)  So let’s take a look at what the Bible says about time:
Teach us to number our days,
    that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12
a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:8
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Matthew 6:33
But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.
1 Corinthians 14:40
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
Ephesians 5:15-17
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
James 4:14

Managing our time is important because of the brevity of our lives. Our earthly journey is significantly shorter than we are inclined to think. To live as God would have us live, it is essential we make the best possible use of our allotted time.

A good way to gain wisdom is to learn to live each day with an eternal perspective. Knowing that we will have to give an account to the One who created time should motivate us to use it well. C. S. Lewis understood this: “If you read history you will find that the Christians who did the most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.”

As the verse in Ephesians tells us we need to learn to live wisely.  Living wisely involves using our time carefully. We need to establish priorities and stick with them.  Those priorities should revolve around God.  Time is just like money.  We should offer God back at least 10% of the time he has given us.

Life Application:
I will use my time wisely to discern what God wants me to do.
Father, you are the creator of time.  You have allotted each of us 24 hours in one day.  Help me to use my time wisely and to honor you through my word and deeds.  Amen.