Stewards of the Clock

Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 in Books, Scripture

When we think about stewardship, we often think of financial concerns first, if not exclusively. And it is true that the Bible has much to say about being good stewards of our money. Our giving, we are taught, is to be out of all we have because it is all God’s. He is not pleased when we give out of our leftovers but with a heart that believes that everything we have comes from Him (Pharisees and the widow’s mites).

But do we have the same understanding when it comes to time? The difference between money and time is that we have different amounts of money, but all have the same 24-hours in a day. What is similar with money and time is that God owns all of both — and we are commanded to be good stewards of His time:

  • Eph 5:15-16 – Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

And yet, as we are at times with our finances, we often “serve God” and “serve others” out of the leftovers. (OK – some of you just gasped, “What leftovers????”) EXACTLY! We call it busyness. We are easily exasperated because we don’t have enough hours in a day. We complain because we have too much to do. We claim that f we had but one more hour, then… We live by the fool’s promise that once this stage of life is complete or this particular project is behind, then… And then we fill the “then” with more demands on our, I mean, His time.

“Because the days are evil.” Did you catch that? We are to order our days in the wisdom and providence of God because we live in days, in times, in a culture that militates against God’s time. The world presses us into chaos, earthly-mindedness, and darkness. Evil days are the exact opposite of God’s good creation, which brought order out of chaos, light out of darkness, and time into existence, “In the beginning,” so that we could live orderly lives and use His time wisely.

So the next time you “blame God” for not having enough time, might it be of greater faithfulness to check your calendar and examine your own heart? How does God fit into your schedule? Are you worshiping Him out of the leftovers? How does time spent in fellowship with the body reflect your use of time? What does your prayer life and Bible intake look like? Are you intentional with your witness to the lost? etc.

Well, now that I have that off my chest (my chest!), I highly recommend that in your good use of time you read Kevin DeYoung’s new release, Crazy Busy. I love the subtitle: “A (Mercifully) Short Book About a (Really) Big Problem). I think you will find it sobering as well as challenging – and a book that I pray will lead to repentance — “because the days are evil.”

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