“First, that you are accountable to God for your time. Time is a talent given us by God; he hath set us our day; and it is not for nothing. Our day was appointed for some work; therefore he will, at the day’s end, call us to an account. We must give account to him of the improvement of all our time. We are God’s servants; as a servant is accountable to his master, how he spends his time when he is sent forth to work, so are we accountable to God. If men would aright consider this, and keep it in mind, would they not improve their time otherwise than they do? Would you not behave otherwise than you do, if you considered with yourselves every morning, that you must give an account to God, how you shall have spent that day? And if you considered with yourselves, at the beginning of every evening, that you must give an account to God, how you shall have spent that evening? Christ hath told us, that “for every idle word which men speak they shall give account in the day of judgment,” Mat. 12:36. How well, therefore, may we conclude, that we must give an account of all our idle misspent time!” A quote from Jonathan Edwards from his sermon on Ephesians 5:16 which is titled “The Preciousness of Time and the Importance of Redeeming It”.
Social media is a wonderful invention but it can also be a terrible invention if it’s abused. Facebook and Twitter can be used to communicate with friends and family. Instagram can be used to share pictures with friends, family, and even random people on Instagram. These sound like great reasons to be on social media, right? Well, these reasons definitely are good reasons to be on social media but are they the reasons why we spend so much time on our smartphones, tablets, and laptops on social media? Social media, just like all good things, has the risk of being abused. When we abuse social media, we end up wasting hours away just aimlessly scrolling through our newsfeeds. As Christians, we must practice the discipline of stewardship.
Stewardship does not only pertain to the management of time. It can also pertain to the management of any resource such as finances, food, or any other necessary resource. The official definition from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is the activity or job of protecting and being responsible for something. In this blog post, I am going to talk about the management of time. I am going to talk about Ephesians 5:16.
Ephesians 5:16, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” What did Paul mean by this? In his commentary on Ephesians, Matthew Henry states that this verse is a metaphor taken from merchants and traders who are very diligent about looking for new ways to improve their trading. Henry goes on to state that our time is talent that is given to us from God and is misspent and abused when we employ in a way that is not according to His design.
We only have one life on this earth so it is extremely important to always look for ways to redeem the time we have given to us by God. How can we improve the use of our time? In order to answer this question, I will go back to the sermon of Jonathan Edwards. At the end of this sermon, Edwards gives three ways to improve the use of time. First, he suggests beginning to improve our time immediately because the longer we wait, the more time we waste. Secondly, he suggests improving the use of time on things that are most precious to us. Edwards suggests that we need to improve our time spent worshipping the Lord and the way we spend our time on the Sabbath. I believe that we should all start by improving on how we worship our Lord. We should all work to be in prayer more and to read our Bibles daily. Finally the last thing that Edwards speaks about is improving on how we spend out leisure time. He warns us that we should not spend our leisure time in a way that is unprofitable or in a way that we would not want to give an account to God. I believe that leisure time is a wonderful thing but we must be careful how spend it. We must be careful to take care of the important things in life, such as school work or monthly bills, before we go out and spend time with friends.
During my time in Scotland, I have realized how important it is that we spend our time wisely. We only have one life on this earth so let us not waste it on social media or senseless leisure time. We need to be more diligent on how we spend our time. I pray that we can work to redeem the time in a way that glorifies our God.
-Soli Deo Gloria-