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Make Your Time Count – Rick Warren

“Use your time in the best way you can.”

Colossians 4:5 (ICB)

If you want to get ready to be used by God, first you need to get to know Jesus Christ. Then you need to use your time in view of eternity.
Colossians 4:5 says, “Use your time in the best way you can” (ICB). Time is your most precious resource. It’s far more important than money. You can get more money, but you can’t get more time. You only have a certain amount allotted to you in this life.

You can’t make time. You can’t borrow time. You can’t save time. You can’t extend time. You can only use it. We all have the same amount of time every week: 168 hours. You won’t be able to manage anything else in your life if you don’t learn how to manage your time well. Your time is your life.

God is watching how you manage your time on earth to determine what he’s going to have you do in eternity.

One of Satan’s strategies is to get you so busy doing unimportant things that you don’t have time for the important things in life—preparing for eternity. If Satan can’t get you to be bad, he’ll just get you to be busy.

The Bible tells you exactly what you should be doing with your time: “My life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus” (Acts 20:24 NLT).

God wants to use you, but he wants to make sure you’re investing your time in the most important things. That means using your time in view of eternity. Ask yourself, “How much of what I’m spending my time on is going to count five years from now? How much is going to count in eternity?” Then use your answers to refocus your time.

You have 365 days in front of you during 2021. How can you use your time in view of eternity?

Talk It Over

Take a look at your schedule. How much of your time is spent on things that matter in light of eternity?
What is the work God has given you to do while you’re here on earth?
In what ways will you spend your time differently so you can accomplish the work God has given you to do?

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