Day 1: Time Watch

Day 1: Time Watch

Bible reading: Genesis 1 

“Where did the time go?” This is a common phrase I catch myself asking when I have been up to something engaging while “there is no time” is associated with deadlines. These statements might come across like time is always running but when you need to wait for something important, 60 seconds can seem like a day. 

Whichever side of the spectrum you fall (either having no time or too much time), you always must deal with time. Since this is an unavoidable interaction, we must maximize the possibilities in our relationship with time. 

Everyone has been given a trust of time for which they must give account. We cannot afford to merely live by deadlines or excitement with the supposition that there’s not enough time or with the sense of the wait, like life is moving on super slow motion. We must live with a consciousness of purpose as it relates to being stewards of the time that God has given us. 

Purpose gives value to our time.

In today’s reading, we catch a glimpse of the creation story, and we see God who takes out time to pause after completing a task. He continues the following day and after an evaluation in which He calls His creation good, He calls it a day. 

The goal was to create a beautiful world and He spread it across 6 days. On the 7th day, He rested not from exhaustion but as a sequence. After work comes rest. He set for us a template for the utilization of time. 

Following this template, let’s encourage ourselves with these three anchors that can help in becoming better stewards of our time. 

1. Set Priorities 

So, I sent messengers to them with this reply: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” Nehemiah 6:3 (NIV) 

Many things require our attention, but our priorities determine what gets it. A lack of priorities gives anything and anyone the right to demand and take our time. If we place value on the time God has given, we will use it to do valuable things. Nehemiah’s priority was rebuilding the wall and his actions backed that up. 

2. Plan your time 

Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16 (AMP) 

Your life should be intentional, and your daily activities reveal your priorities. Therefore, it is advisable to have a schedule to consolidate your priorities. A schedule is like a budget, it reduces waste if followed. A schedule shows how you spend your time. It makes it easy to answer questions like “what would you be doing tomorrow at 9:30am?”

3. Evaluate your time 

Moreover, it is required in stewards that one be found faithful I Corinthians 4:2 (NKJV)

Faithful stewards are known by their productivity. Evaluation reveals productivity. After everything God created, He did an evaluation and saw that it was good, then He called it a day. 

In the parable of the talents in Matthew 25, the productive stewards were called good and faithful, the unproductive one was called wicked and lazy. God gave us time to be productive and we will give account. Lack of rest can reduce productivity which is an example of bad stewardship of time. 

As you start every day or new season of your life, your priorities should show in your plans. At the end of the day or at the close of a season, take out time to evaluate your productivity.

 

In Prayer Today 

So, teach us to number our days, that we may get us a heart of wisdom. Psalms 90:12 (AMP)  

Would you pray today for wisdom to be a faithful steward of time

Jide Sokeye
Jide serves with the Bible Engagement team at Sycamore

10 Comments

  1. Betty

    I pray for wisdom to be a faithful steward of time.
    I set my priorities right, plan my time and energy well and evaluate myself for productivity.
    Amen.

  2. Mercy Aluko

    Wow! Thank you very much, Dr. Jide. This is so apt.

    I pray for wisdom to be a faithful steward of the time God has given to me in Jesus name. Amen.

  3. Eme Agbor

    “Lack of rest can reduce productivity which is an example of bad stewardship of time. ”

    Wheewww that table. Thank you so much Prof Sokeye! Definitely will be an anchor meditation.

  4. Gbenga

    “Many things require our attention, but our priorities determine what gets it.”

    I pray for wisdom to indeed be a faithful steward of time.

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