Summary: We look at how easy it is to throw away things of great value, like time, minutes.
AM I THROWING AWAY DIRT, CLAY BALLS?
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
I ponder time!
1 Cor. 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection; lest that by any means, when I have preached
to others, I myself should be a castaway.
2 Cor. 6:2 NOW IS THE ACCEPTED TIME...
Many of us try to be good stewards of our money and resources, but we forget some very important things.
I think God shall hold us accountable for many things that we take very lightly.
The five foolish virgins never held the oil tanks accountable, and they took their responsibilities lightly.
Some of us use our talents wisely, and purposefully invest our talents into the seed bank expectting a wise harvest.
1. DO YOU INVEST YOUR TIME WISELY? GOD KNOWS HOW WE SPEND OUR TIME.
Notice that we use the words --- SPEND TIME --- TO CONSUME WASTEFULLY?
SPEND MEANS: to use up, to pay out, to exhaust, to wear out,
Poor stewards of time keepers. Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend. Spend not your time in vain.
An inch on the sundial is worth more than diamonds.
Who steals my purse steals trash, but who steals my time robs me, and thou shalt not steal.
A stitch in time saves nine.
It is easy to spend life and not learn what is most important.
2. OUR ENEMY USES A SNEAKY TIME, HE HAS US WASTE OUR TIME. HE GETS US TO THINK WE HAVE
PLENTY OF TIME?
Time is limited, a rich man can buy no more time than a poor man.
There are 60 minutes an hour, 1440 minutes a day, 10,080 a week, 43,200 minutes a month.
Do we invest our time as well as we do our money?
Satan’s greatest trick is to get you to think .... There is Plenty of Time.
Rom. 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation
nearer than when we believed.
1 Cor. 7:29 But this I say, Brethren, The time is short:
3. WISDOM MUST LEARN TIME IS TEMPORARY!
Wisdom - knows
Psa. 90:9 We spend our time as a tale that is told. --- 12. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply
our hearts unto wisdom.
In Childhood - time creeps; as a teenager - time walks; As a young adult - time runs
So little done - so much to do -
During middle age - time flies; As you travel on - "Time is gone"
4. TODAY IS ALL YOU HAVE?
Two days to never worry - Yesterday and Tomorrow
Psa. 89:47 Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?
Have you ever had a stone in your shoe? -- a little stone in your shoe can make you not enjoy the walk.
Why keep walking? Stop and take the shoe off and correct the problem!
5. ARE YOU SURE THAT THE PROBLEM IS YOU ARE TOO BUSY?
TOO BUSY - The problem is not you are too busy -
The Bee is praised for being busy! - The Mosquito’s busy will earn it a swat!
The question IS WHY ARE WE BUSY?
6. WE GROW A VENEER OF BUSYNESS, It is just a veneer of Busyness
A. Veneer is a layer of valuable over inferior. A false show...
B. We can live in a shallow frenzy ~ no deep friendships, little commitments.
C. Our days can have great promise and dreams, that can develop into hollow nightmares.
D. We can be self feeding and selfish just feeding our egos and superegos and ~ Starve the inner man.
E. We can develop real good programs, without real change, and establish No Priorities!
7. NO RELAXING - TIREDNESS, SEEMS WE CAN FIND SAFETY IN LOUD NOISE AND SURFACE NOTHINGNESS.
Young people find safety in noise --- Loud - senseless - confused - spread by rumor.
A. We just have to have the TV -- the RADIO --- A TAPE OR A CD.
The average home with a TV in the bedroom sleeps 45 minutes less a night.
B. Look for rest - There can be great Noise of Entertainment, but it can be counter productive,
Sleep To Noise - Spirit finds no rest
8. WE CAN’T ENJOY OURSELVES?
Our brains are full ~ but our hearts are so empty!
Seems, we can’t enjoy Quietness?
A drunk once told me, I can’t stand to be by myself?
9. WE HAVE THIS KEEP UP WITH THE JONES? LIVING ON CREDIT? AN A SPIRIT OF COMPROMISE?
We just have to keep up ---- seems we can never be satisfied! Just buy the kid a toy?
1 Tim. 6:6 but godliness with contentment is great gain