Believe series session 18
Offering my time
George Methodist church
8am and 10am
Matthew 25: 31 -46
KEY IDEA I offer my time to fulfil God’s purposes.
KEY VERSE: Whatever you do whether in word or deed do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ giving thanks to the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17
What does your day look like? At different seasons it looks like we don’t have any time and in other seasons we seem to have too much time!!! Our school going boys verses the now of Deb and I. Describe this.
I think that our private worlds are where we need to begin if we are to be any use to the world that we live in.
I am going to quote a lot from a book by Gordon MacDonald called “Ordering your private world” and if you forget everything else today which is quite possible then just ensure that you make room to have time for God, time for others and time for yourself.
The Jewish day calendar would say that we have 24 hours in our day and that – 8 hours are for work, 8 hours are for sleep 3 hours are for family time and then you 5 hours to do whatever you want with – exercise, read, smell the roses and if you have a family completely get swamped by their demands especially if you are a young family.
We have seasons in our lives which are better than other times – winter is often a challenge.
God’s gift of time is a treasure given to all of us and we need to learn the art of trading time for the time he will give which lasts for eternity. What am I doing to enable my time to count so that we fulfil the prayer thy kingdom come and thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven?
Submitting to God’s will for our lives affects the daily choices we make about how we spend our time.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 -14 Time for everything. Be happy and do good while you live
Time is a mystery. We sense its passing in our consciousness, its passing in our consciousness. We measure its progress. We mark its flight through the years and read the record it leaves behind through history.
The Bible teaches that time and life are tied together. It seems that the whole universe is organized for measuring time. Nature is like a huge clockmaker’s shop in which thousands of timepieces are ticking. Pulse beats indicate the fleeting moments; the rotation of the earth marks the passing of day and night; the phases of the moon, the moving on of the months; the revolutions of the planets, the march of the years.
Geology studies the wrinkles written by time on earth’s brow. Astronomy studies the clockwork of the heavens. Archaeology, peering about among the relics of the ancient past, traces the footprints of time in the ages gone by. … But time is a thief. Time steals strength from our muscles and youth from our faces. Time robs us of our health and strips us at last of everything that we have.
God has called us to be disciplined but at the same time free to have this great gift used wisely and so what do we see from scripture that gives us some guidelines?
Jonah – many of us have found ourselves running away from the very thing that God is calling us to do and be and even when we turn and do the very thing that we are called to do it becomes taxing and challenging and yet in a strange way fulfilling. Brief summary of the story of Jonah. Jonah 1: 1 In my distress I called to the Lord.
Haggai has a crazy call on his life to reenergise the people of God who had become despondent in the rebuilding of what was later known as Zerubbabel’s temple – the Lord stirred up their spirits to complete the task.
God’s rhythms and balances – Managing our time involves discovering God’s rhythms and balances and it includes rest!!!! Exodus 16:30 the people rested on the 7th day. Whichever day this is for you – rest. My rest day is Friday. Hey Pete I know it’s your day off but ….
You can’t do it alone -Moses in Exodus is reminded by Jethro his father in law us that in order to get timing right we need others to help us and we can’t do it alone. Exodus 18: 24 Moses listened to his father I law and he chose capable men/woman to lead with him.
Ephesians 5: 15 -17 “Act like people with good sense and not like fools. These are evil times, so make every minute count. Don’t be stupid. Instead, find out what the Lord wants you to do.”
Galatians 6: 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Time to see – Matthew 25:31 -46
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
In summary: Whatever you did for the least of these you did it for me.
- The inner world if disciplined will govern our outer world. G.M.
- What do we need to be doing for others ? We will be doing it for Him. “Each of us needs to be looking after the good of others asking how can we help ?” Romans 15:2 Compassion for the least of these. Break my heart for what breaks yours.
- Use your spiritual gifts – not all of us have the same abilities and gifts but lets begin to ask how he can use your specific gift to extend the kingdom.
- Let’s put priorities in place in terms of time.
- Just get up and do it or it will never happen. JDI.
- Don’t wait for others to do what you are moaning about. Do it yourself.
- Finish the job.
- See time as God’s gift and listen quietly for the call of Christ daily. G.M.
- Don’t be driven – be called. G.M. A volcanic reaction.
- Balance your time well.
More than 300 Years ago, François Fénelon,
A 17th Century cleric, understood how valuable time is. He wrote:
“Time is precious, but we do not know yet how precious it really is. We will only know when we are no longer able to take advantage of it…. Liberal and generous in every way, God in the wise economy of his providence teaches us how we should be prudent about the proper use of time. He never gives us two moments at the same time. He never gives us a second moment without taking away the first. And he never grants us that second moment without holding the third one in his hand, leaving us completely uncertain as to whether we will have it.”