Stewardship of Time

By Oscar B. Mink

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

We poor mortals are slaves of time; there is hardly a thing we do that is not governed by time. The clock sends us to bed, and the clock wakes us up. The clock sends us to work, and the work day is closed by the clock. So, in his earthly stay man is bound by time, time ushered in his birth, and time will carry him through the portals of death. There is “a time to be born, and a time to die” (Ecclesiastes 3:2). However, there is a sense in which time is the servant of man, and of this particular aspect of time, man should ever be aware, for his state (not place) in eternity is determined by the way he utilizes the time granted him on earth. Time is sacred and the scriptures lay great stress upon the urgent and wise use of it. Never was there, nor shall there ever be any time to kill. There is from the Divine perspective no such thing as unused or neutral time. Man is, every moment of his existence either for or against God (Matthew 12:30). Knowing our days are few, and that we are as the grass which withereth, let us join our prayer to that of the Psalmist, “Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” In so doing, we shall redeem the time (Job 14:1,Psalms 90:12, 1 Peter 1:24).

Time in itself is not evil, but good. It is the negative use of time that is evil. The fruit Eve partook of was not evil, but good, her misuse of it was evil. When time is used to gratify the flesh, that time is ill spent and can never be redeemed. Knowing in some measure the power of selfishness, it behooves the disciple of Christ to marshall all the forces of good at his disposal, and deploy them so as to preserve the sanctity of his time. The natural man spends every waking moment fulfilling the desires of the flesh and the mind, and never stops to think that he shall give an account unto God for every idle word spoken and every misspent moment (Matthew 12:36,Job 7:18). Moses chose rather to redeem the time than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season (Hebrews 11:25). And Job tells us that the sin season is short, “The triumphing of the wicked isshort, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment” (Job 20:5).

While the stewardship of time is an awe some responsibility, it should not serve to create in us a frenzied zeal. Such zeal is the mother of disorderliness, and would be a hindrance rather than a help in the proper use of our time. Redeeming the time does not mean that we are to forfeit all physical rest and recreation, but what it does mean is, whether we eat, drink, pray, or play, we are to do all to the glory of God (I Corinthians 10:31).

We invite you and your family to come worshio with us at Grace Missioanry Baptist Chruch, located at the Glowmarw Bridge. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Brother Paul Taulbee, Worship 12:00 Elder Charles Minks Evening Worship 7:00 p.m. Brother Fred Minks Jr.

Bible Study Wednesday 7:00 pm. The Book of Galatians. Elder Charles Minks

By Oscar B. Mink

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