Stewardship in the Bible relates to more than money and physical possessions. Another area where we need to be a good steward is in regards to time. Time wastage and misuse is just the same as the abuse of wealth. Like money, time is a perishable commodity. Yet, unlike money, each of us is given exactly the same amount each day. There are many inequalities in the world, but God has allotted a twenty-four hour day to each one of us. Additionally time, unlike money cannot be accumulated or stockpiled, it is renewed each and every day. That is why Paul admonishes us to
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. – Ephesians 5:15-16
Our time belongs to God. God not only created time, he actually owns time. We are called to use the time that God has graciously given us. The psalmist realised this when he made these prayers:
My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. – Psalm 31:15
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. – Psalm 90:12
Every second we are alive is a gift from God. We should not live aimlessly through life because our time on earth is limited. Scripture shows us that Jesus only had about three and a half years of ministry on earth, but He at no time seemed to be in a dither over time and tasks. Jesus was remarkably busy and regularly exhausted at the end of the day. However, His life was never rushed. He always had time to love and minister to people, even having time to spend with the individuals the world had neglected like the woman at the well. Jesus lived in dependence upon the Father and taught the followers to do likewise. His time and ministry were regulated by the Father’s direction and will. The world was still full of sick, poor and desperate people with needs, at the end of His earthly ministry, nevertheless, just before the cross, Jesus could pray,
I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. – John 17:4
Jesus knew His Father had given Him enough time to do everything that He had called Him to do. There were unfinished tasks at the end of Jesus earthly ministry. It is important that we learn while we will never be able to meet the needs of everyone around us nor accomplish everything we see needs to be done, we can be sure that God has granted us the time and the ability to do what He has called us to do. Our role is to be a good steward of this time.
- How can you be a better steward of the time God has blessed you with?
- Where do you waste time the most?
- How can you better seek God’s will in regards to where to invest your time?
Father, thank you for the gift of time. Thank you that you give me time to enjoy with family and friends. Thank you for allowing me to use my time to serve you. Forgive me for all the time I waste and teach me to know how best to manage my time in accordance to your will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.