Summary: Making the most of our time and the opportunities that God puts across our path in life.

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January 6th, 2008 – How Time Flies…

Well, another year has gone. The year 2007 is now history. It seems such a short while ago we were yelling Happy New Year for 2007, planning the Launch Service for Westshore Community Church and having 85 people fill the church, getting news of Dan’s tumour, Stephanie & Dan going to Texas and learning that the cancer was benign, worship services every week, preparing sermons for the church, getting ready for being in the Langford Days parade, serving Sundaes on a Sunday, Dona Walker’s battle over cancer, being in this building for 1 year, German Dinner, many pot-luck dinners, having great people serving in worship, in media, in KIDZONE, in the kitchen and so many other areas, our first Children’s Christmas program, celebrating Christmas Eve 1907 style, and then ringing in the next New Year of 2008. And these are just a few things that have been going on. Wow, time flies!

12 months or 365 days or 8760 hours or 525,600 minutes, need I go on? A lot of TIME has gone by, and my thought this week has been, what have I done with that time? What have I done with the minutes, hours, days and months that the Lord has given me to live? Did I make good use of my time? What’s happened this last year that I can look back on? Have I lived my life and spent my time in a way that would please the Lord? I can remember a lot of things, some good, some bad, some miracles, some disappointments; but what would God say to me if He were to go through my 2007 calendar and discuss my time management skills? What would God say about the way I live my life?

So I turned to the book of Ephesians and read about how Paul encouraged the church in Ephesus to live their lives for Christ as ’children of light’. And we, too, should live our lives in such a way.

So I have just few thoughts to share from this passage of scripture. Let’s take a look together at Ephesians chapter 5, verses 1-18. Follow along with me as we learn how to live our lives for God.

Ephesians 5

1Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

• What a simple instruction, be imitators of God. If anything in this universe is worthy of imitation, it is GOD. Most of us have seen situations where younger siblings try to be like their older brother, sister, or friends. They see something in the way that person lives that they want to try to emulate in their lives. They’ll talk like them, dress like them, and act like them; all in an effort to be like someone else. Paul tells us to do the same, except that instead of looking to other people as our example, we are to imitate God Himself. So how do we do that? We live a life of LOVE. We are to love the way Jesus Christ loved. He gave up His life in order to restore our relationship to the Father. We too should be willing to give up what we think is best for our lives, and live them in such way that we benefit others more than ourselves. That’s love, sacrificial love. Love that makes a difference.

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