Summary: Resolutions that will change the way that you live.

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Five Life Changing Resolutions

Part 3

I Will Give My Time

Ephesians 5:14-16

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Jonathan Edwards, the 18th-century revivalist, sat down at age 17 and penned 21 resolutions by which he would live his life. Throughout his lifetime he would add to this list until, by his death, he had 70 resolutions.

He put at the top of his list: "Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat Him by His grace to enable me to keep these Resolutions…. Remember to read over these Resolutions once a week."

Edwards didn’t casually make New’s Year’s resolutions with an expectation of eventually breaking them. Each week he did a "self-check." He regularly summed up how he was doing and sought God’s help in the process.

Christ calls us to commit to actively work at becoming conformed to His image. This coming year resolve to be come a person committed to a godly transformation. If you faithfully do this, you will see your life begin to focus on the spiritual rather than on the passing, material world.

SOURCE: Jan Brown in Connection. Citation: http://www.christianitytoday.

This morning we’re going to learn about another resolution that can change your life. Let’s review our text;

Ephesians 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

I think we would all agree that time is very important subject. We use the word time in a variety of way in life. For instance we say,

…at all times - Definition: always

…at the appointed time - Definition: at an agreed upon time …behind the times - Definition: not fashionable, not up on current fashions

…to bide one's time - Definition: to wait

…from time to time - Definition: occasionally

…have the time of one's life - Definition: have a fantastic experience

…keep time - Definition: keep the beat in music

…live on borrowed time - Definition: live dangerously

…make time for something or someone - Definition: create a period of time especially for a thing or person

…out of time - Definition: not have any more time available …pressed for time - Definition: not have a lot of time to do something

…Time is money - Definition: Expression meaning that someone's time is important

…when the time is ripe - Definition: when it is the proper time

…ahead of time - Definition: before the agreed upon time

…all in good time - Definition: within a reasonable amount of time and

…at a set time

I. Our Waste of Time

One of my favorite John Wayne expressions is “we are burning daylight.”

It seems especially appropriate that the following statement was made in a “Time” magazine article;

If life seems more rushed than ever, you might be surprised to learn that we Americans don't have less leisure time than we did 40 years ago. We actually have more leisure time, and quite a bit more. What counts as leisure is up for argument, but under every definition the numbers have gone up. We get about 45 minutes a day of extra leisure.

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