Summary: A sermon that looks at the use of time looking at the lives of Noah and Jesus for inspiration - borrows from both the internet and sermon central. preached well.

Time Management. or Time Godagement

GE 6:22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.

This morning I want to talk about the most dangerous weapon in the world that is forged against the church and the Kingdom of God.

Do you know that the misuse of this weapon by Christians is a primary cause of wars – world poverty – people losing their salvation and almost all of the difficulties we see on the news and read about in the Newspapers.

This weapon which has caused so much devastation and destruction in the world is not aids – religion – or humanism but quite simply the misuse of time.

How Christians use their time has a radical effect on the world at large.

In the book of Acts we read about the disciples as being those men who have turned the world upside down.

The world was turned upside down because these men used their time well.

Noah lived Genesis chapter 9: 29 Altogether, Noah lived 950 years, and then he died.

Jesus it is estimated lived about 33 years.

What is it about these two men who had such a huge disparity in their lives in terms of length.

The difference is they never wasted their time.

Jesus maximized his 33 years and Noah lived his 950 well.

Many people though use their time as if there was no tomorrow.

Sometimes lives are wasted because of no fault of the individual –

I found the following story on the internet.

Mother kept girls locked away from the world for seven years

Bojan Pancevski in Vienna

Three girls who were imprisoned by their mother in a house of indescribable filth for seven years may never recover from the ordeal, experts said last night.

The girls were shut away from the outside world, existing in almost complete darkness, playing only with mice and communicating in their own language.

When they were discovered, their home in a smart, upper middle-class suburb had no running water and was filled with waste and excrement a metre high. The floor was corroded by mice urine.

Through no fault of their own these girls were robbed of eight precious years of their lives.

But compounding that loss is the years and years that will be lost in these girls establishing normal patterns in their lives.

What an incredible waste of time in these girls lives.

But we too – can wasste our years as well.

As the old pop song used to begin – “wasted days and wasted nights.”

This morning I want to consider the lives of Noah and Jesus and to look for vital clues in relation to time management.

The first thing I would like to point out is that in relation to God’s call on you life you have to Get started.

Procrastination is one of the greatest causes of failure in the world to day.

When Noah was given a huge task to build an Ark – He got to it.

He might have said to himself I couldn’t build an ark even if I had hundreds of years to live!!

Well in the end Noah had 950 years which is a lot longer than the mere 33 years that Jesus had.

But God knew best and gave Noah the time and resources he needed.

GE 6:15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. 16 Make a roof for it and finish the ark to within 18 inches of the top. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. 17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark--you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. 19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. 20 Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. 21 You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them."

GE 6:22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.

What a massive task God set Noah.

He had a massive task in building a ship that big and organizing everything need for it – but god who set the task also provided the resource – time and materials.

Noahs job was to begin.

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