Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
God has a destiny and purpose for all of our lives Ecclesiastes 3:1. We’ve been chosen in Christ from before the foundation or creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). Everything God has purposed for us is given time for it to be accomplished. Jesus Himself in 3 1/2 years of ministry was able to say that He finished the work the Father had given Him to do. Jesus was the Master of time and He wants us to learn to manage our time. In fact, time management is actually self-management. There is no need for extra hours if we will allow God to teach us to redeem the time that we do have.
Jesus is a good person to look at as a Person who seems to have never wasted a moment. In the Gospels, Jesus is pictured as One in constant demand by friends and enemies alike. Yet it doesn’t seem He was ever in a hurry or had to play catch up or ever taken by surprise. He’s our Master. He mastered time. Jesus was the Master of time and He wants us to learn to manage our time. Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” We need to start being better stewards of time by getting understanding about time itself.
- TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE; IT PASSES
– None of us could save it, store it, stop it, or slow it down. Time is no respecter of persons; no matter who you are it keeps passing or moving by.
- WE HAVE ALL THE TIME THERE IS BUT NOT ENDLESS TIME TO USE
– We all have 24 hours in 365 days a year = 8,760 hours.
- TIME MUST BE BUDGETED IN ADVANCE
- Budgeting time is the central principle to managing time.
- We must plan to use it on what we must do vs. what we would like to do.
- Time needs given to priorities – Doing the right things not just doing things right.
- We must seize time for the most essential things far in advance and have a plan.
- We must know our times of maximum efficiency and use that time on our highest priorities (know your prime time).
- ALL UNPLANNED TIME FLOWS TOWARDS SOMETHING
- Weaknesses – We spend time on things we are not good at instead of sticking with our strengths.
- Weights – Things that are not sins but hinder, impede, and encumber us. Criteria should not be how bad is it, but what good is it.
- Dominant people – Who do not always see all you have to do, but only what you can do for them.
- Demands of all emergencies – Things that “cry urgent.” The most important things seem to never cry out (like prayer, study, planning) and is why they can be easily neglected.
- Activities that are not needful or necessary – We spend our time doing second things first.
- Things that may gain people approval but may not be God’s approval.
- Things that may be good but not best.