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Redeeming the Time. Purposefully Defeating Three Killers of Time Ephesians 5:15-16. End of 2009; Start of 2010. End of December = Beginnings “The Creative Process” Prayerfully consider 1 or 2 Resolutions Birthday Gift for Jesus Share (be Accountable) with 1 or 2 in the Church Family

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redeeming the time

Redeeming the Time

Purposefully Defeating Three Killers of Time

Ephesians 5:15-16

end of 2009 start of 2010
End of 2009; Start of 2010
  • End of December = Beginnings
  • “The Creative Process”
    • Prayerfully consider 1 or 2 Resolutions
    • Birthday Gift for Jesus
    • Share (be Accountable) with 1 or 2 in the Church Family
  • We’ve been encouraged to read Bible, pray, health…
we cry out i don t have time
We cry out: ‘I don’t have time!’
  • Demands of Work
  • Family Needs
  • Church Needs
  • Housework
  • Homework
  • “Relaxation”

Franklin Field:

The great dividing line between success and failure can be expressed in five words: “I did not have time.”

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Ephesians 5:15-16 (Amp)
  • 15 Look around whenyou walk! Live purposefullyand worthily and carefully, not unwise and witless, but wisely

16 making the very most of the time, buying up each opportunity, because the days are evil.

Evil 4192= (full of labors, annoyances, hardships).

  • Vs. 16: Time is not a replaceable commodity.
tk 1 misguided treasures
TK #1. Misguided Treasures
  • Misguided: To be led or pointed in the wrong direction
  • Vs 15: Look around/be careful.

Time Target: Spiritual?

Time Target: Things of Earth?

1 John 5:21Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.

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TK # 1. Misguided Treasures

So, What are You targeting? Is it…?

where does the time go
Where Does the Time Go?
  • From Larry’s BCC Sermon on Time: Daily Time

7.9 Hours Sleeping

2.3 Hours of Television

2.4 Hours Online*

10 Minutes relaxing and thinking

7 minutes of religious practice

* USC Center for the Digital Future’s Study- June 2009

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Where Does the Time Go?
  • More on the Typical Day
  • 33% Sleeping
  • 20% Watching Television & Being Online
  • < 0.5% in Religious Activities… It’s Simply cheating God…
where should the time go
Where Should the Time Go?
  • Malachi 3:8-11

8 “Should people cheat God? Yet you have cheated me! “But you ask,‘What do you mean? When did we ever cheat you?’ “You have cheated me of the tithes and offerings due to me.

  • 0.5% or 10% of our time?

2.4 hours a day? seem shocking?

Can we buildtoward 10% Spiritual Time?

one foot in each world
One Foot in Each World
  • The Holy Longing: By Ronald Rolheiser
guided target treasuring eternity
Guided Target: Treasuring Eternity
  • Matthew 6:19-21

Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

  • You cannot waste (misuse) time without injuring eternity. - Henry David Thoreau
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TK #2. Urgency over Importance
  • Daily Tasks = “I need to do this today.”
    • Urgency sets Priorities, Schedules, …
  • Personal Spiritual Growth = “I can do that tomorrow.”
    • Low priority and unscheduled…

Rolheiser continues:

We are more busy than bad; more distracted than non-spiritual… Pathological busyness and distraction are MAJOR blocks today within our Spiritual lives.

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TK # 2. Importance over Urgency

The Ministry of Intercession, Andrew Murray:

…‘What is heaviest (most valuable) must weigh heaviest,’— what is heaviest must have the first place in our day.

The law of God is unchangeable: just as on earth, so in our activity with heaven, we only get as we give.

If we are unwilling to pay the price for the sake of the heavenly gifts, and sacrifice time and attention for what appears as ‘legitimate’ or ‘necessary’ duties, we needn’t bother looking for a large experience of heavenly joy and power in our lives.

urgent vs important
“Urgent” vs. Important
  • Prayer
  • Intimacy with God
  • Personalized Bible Reading
  • Building Relationships
  • Demands of Work
  • Family Needs
  • Church Needs
  • Housework
  • Homework
  • “Relaxation”

In truth, people can generally make time for what they choose to do; it is not really the time but the will that is lacking.

- Sir John Lubbock

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Reverse it! Importance over Urgency
  • Galatians 6:6-8 But those who sow via the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.
  • Look at Ephesians 5 again…

Look around when you walk! Live purposefully, not witless… not “Pathologically busy”

  • Jesus was No Less Busy than us
    • Withdrew by himself…
    • Matt. 14:13, Mark 3:7, Luke 5:16, Jn 6:15
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TK # 3. Lack of Time Management
  • Is the ‘lack of time’ really the enemy?
  • Don’t say ‘I don’t have enough time.’ You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, and Albert Einstein.

- H. Jackson Brown

  • There is no such thing as a lack of time…

Only a lack of prioritization.

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TK # 3. Lack of Time Management
  • Ordinary people think merely of spending time. Great people think how to use it.
  • Proverbs 29:18 (NAS)

Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained… unrestrained = chaotic life

  • Ephesians 5:15Look around when you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and carefully…
purposeful time management
Purposeful Time Management
  • Psalm 90:12

Teach us to realize the brevity of life,      so that we may grow in wisdom.

  • Don’t let ‘Life’ witlessly dictate your priorities.
  • Handouts to help Evaluate your time.
    • Men’s mtg. & other Small Groups?
slay these time killers
Slay these Time Killers!
  • 1. Misguided Treasures
  • 2. Urgency over Importance
  • 3. Lack of Time Management