Summary: a look at what God is doing in our lives and what we can do for Him while we here.
What would Jesus Do” Sermon Series
Time management and Time spent
Last week we began a Series called “What would Jesus do.”
How would Jesus act concerning the things you go through in life?
How did Jesus allow God the Father to disciple Him?
How did Jesus allow more of God the Father into His life?
Last week we looked at compassion.
Compassion is a warning- Jesus used words like Beware, watch out, Take heed, listen.
Compassion is caring- compassion is action you take for someone else.
Compassion is personal- I cannot teach you compassion. It has to come from the heart and God.
This morning, I want to talk about time- Time management and time we spend with God and others.
Here’s why it is important.
We are only here for a certain amount of time.
Each one of us has a given certain amount of time on this earth.
Each one of us has a purpose and that purpose is to be fulfilled in that time.
The world and all its blessings and curses takes time away from us.
What time we spend eternally is the time that will be rewarded by God the Father.
Our memory verses/ Need to hear them again.
“See, I am doing a new thing. Now it springs up, do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness.”
“ For I know the plans that I have you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Keeping in mind that God wants to do a new thing in your life.
You have purpose with God and He is your hope and your future.
It only makes sense that time management and time we spend with others is really important with God.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Text
Breakdown the verses into a picture of time and what we are to accomplish in that time period.
Time is important to us and to God.
Time on earth has a beginning and an end.
Eternity is forever-either with God forever or by our choice separated from God forever.
God created time- before God created man, there was no need for time because etermity has no boundaries and is not llimited.
What would Jesus do concerning our time?
Who did Jesus spend His time with?
We know the familiar story of Jesus and the women caught in adultery.
There were all her accusers with stones ready to throw and they asked Jesus what he thought ought to be done-
“They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, Let anyone of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
I wonder what Jesus wrote on the ground- it is not recorded. Maybe… you are all sinners!
There were men in the crowd who were with “that women.”
To stone someone to death, the law says that there has to be two witnesses. It is pretty hard to have two witnesses catch here in the act and not be participating in the sin.
If she caught in the act, where was the man? She was not by herself.
There was “good temple people” who had no compassion for others or forgot where God had brought them from.
Jesus had no problem sitting and eating with sinners. He had more problems sitting with those that did not think they sinned and made themselves to be better than they were.
I think long-time Christians forget where God brought them from.
I think we forget that we are not perfect.
We are not any better except we are saved by His grace and mercy.
We forget that mercy and grace needs to be given out to be received by sinners just like us.
After a while, we don’t hang with people that are not just like us, we separate ourselves. Not on purpose, but because it is easy.
Jesus spent time with sinners- He offered a better way to live and respond to God’s goodness.
How much time is enough?
That is going to be different for each one of us. It will be determined by where God has placed you and who He has placed in your path. I know this-
He ate with sinners
He socialized with sinners
He had compassion and helped sinners.
He shared his testimony with sinners.
He invited them to his place of worship. If they did not have a way, he brought them.
That will take some of your time- no that will take a lot of your time. But if you are doing kingdom work, it will be work that will have eternal blessings.