Friday, April 1, 2011

WASTING OR REDEEMING? Saturday 2 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye


MEMORIZE: “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:16).

READ: Ephesians 5:15-16

To effectively utilize your time, there is need to tie-up assignments and tasks against seconds, minutes, hours and days. If you can do this effectively, you will avoid waste and achieve more. This is the logic behind the Psalmist asking us to number our days, not our years (Psalm 90:12). May God answer the prayer of the Psalmist in your life! Waste reduction is a very significant part of effective time management. Across the globe, many people indulge in activities that eat up their time, without getting any good dividend in return. Your time is an asset you must carefully trade with. So, if you spend it on what will not give you good returns, it is a waste. I feel sad when I see people wasting time on the phone. This year is already on the move. No matter the level of anointing in your life, you cannot bring back the hours, days, weeks or months that have passed. They are forever gone! Soon, you will be greeting ‘Happy new year’ and while doing so, you will discover that the New Year is fast becoming old.

What is your attitude to time? There are definite assignments that the Lord would want you to accomplish this year. If you use your time properly, they will all be achieved. But if you misuse your time, many of them will be left undone by the end of the year. Do you know that there are believers who have continuously carried over tasks from year to year, now spanning several years? No matter how anointed you are, if you cannot effectively plan your time, and accomplish your tasks, you are a great Kingdom waster. If you were to borrow one million naira with 20% interest from the bank without repaying, you will be amazed at what your debt will be in two years, Hence, Ephesians 5:15-16 says you need to apply wisdom. You should be redeeming your time rather than wasting more. To redeem is to buy back, to recover lost time. Are you taking steps to recover lost grounds? One of my daughters understands this very well. She was saved at 60 years old. Since she had lost so many years to the devil as a sinner, she employed some measures to redeem her time. One of such measures was to pay 20% tithe for the rest of her life. What steps are you taking towards the time wasted in Satan’s kingdom? You can set high goals for soul winning such as leading 10 to 20 souls to Christ monthly. You can also choose to be of more service to God’s Kingdom by attending diligently to Kingdom projects.

ACTION POINT
List 15 time-wasters peculiar to you. Ask God for grace to prayerfully and practically avoid them from today.

Bible in One year: Isa. 19-21