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How we can use our time wisely

Ephesians 5:15-17

At the time of King Solomon, Israel’s people considered it extremely important to study how to be wise. Solomon wrote books about wisdom that are in the Bible: the Books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon.

One important subject for study in those books is the proper use of time. There is a right time for every activity (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). However, it is not always possible for us to choose the best time to do something (Ecclesiastes 11:1-6). In particular, it is our duty to do what is good and right, even at the most difficult time to do that.

The present age, when the devil is so active in our world, is not an easy time to be a Christian. In fact, we can only live as Christians because of the power that Christ gives us (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

God’s people must also depend on God for the wisdom that they constantly need (Matthew 10:16; James 1:5). In our present age, it is much easier to live foolishly for ourselves than to live wisely for God. Often, it seems as if even our own time does not belong to us. It is as if we must buy our time back from this evil age, to use that time for God. In other words, it costs us something to use our time in the way that pleases God. God’s people cannot always have comfortable or easy lives (Philippians 4:12-13).

However, God’s people do have the best lives (Mark 10:28-30; John 10:10). Nothing can be more worthwhile for a person’s life than to do what God wants that person to do. No difficulty, however hard, can ever separate God’s people from the love that Christ has for them (Romans 8:35-39).

Next part: Joy from the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18)


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