(Ephesians 5:15-16 NKJV) See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, (16) redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
(Ephesians 5:15-16 AMP) Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), (16) Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.
Redeem – to buy back something that was lost.
It will cost you something to manage your time. It will cost you time.
Three major contributors to planning:
(Joshua 1:8 NKJV) This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
(Psalms 2:1 KJV) Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
Philippians 1:9-10 AMP And this I pray: that your love may abound yet more and more and extend to its fullest development in knowledge and all keen insight [that your love may display itself in greater depth of acquaintance and more comprehensive discernment], (10) So that you may surely learn to sense what is vital, and approve and prize what is excellent and of real value [recognizing the highest and the best, and distinguishing the moral differences], and that you may be untainted and pure and unerring and blameless [so that with hearts sincere and certain and unsullied, you may approach] the day of Christ [not stumbling nor causing others to stumble].
A lot of our lives are not being defined by the important – they are being defined by the urgent.
Life’s Priorities According to the Word of God:
- My relationship with God
- My relationship with my spouse
- My relationship with my children
- My relationship with my church
- My job
- My social life.
Three major contributors to implementing your plan:
- Be single-minded in following your plan
(James 1:6-8 NKJV) But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. (7) For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; (8) he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
- Conserve your energy
Main drain of energy is tension anxiety or stress.
(1 Peter 5:6-7 NKJV) Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, (7) casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
(Isaiah 40:28-31 NKJV) Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. (29) He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. (30) Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, (31) But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
Waiting upon the Lord means to look for God with expectation.
- Walk in the light.
This is supernatural in its essence because God is light.
Einstein’s theory of relativity and time dilation – can be validated mathematically.
Einstein said light is the only unchangeable constant in the universe. Light travels at the speed of 186,000 miles/sec.
(James 1:17 NKJV) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
If a physical body accelerated towards the speed of light, time begins to dilate or slow down. If it were possible for someone to cross the threshold of the speed of light, he had no other word to describe it but “eternity”. The closer you get to the threshold of the speed of light, time slows down until you cross the threshold at which time ceases to exist.
(1 Timothy 6:15-16 NKJV) which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, (16) who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.
If you shoot a bullet at the speed of light, before you take your finger off the trigger, it has circled the globe seven times.
If you take a spaceship moving through space at 80% of the speed of light, moved away from the earth 15 days and then turned around and came back 15 days, inside the spaceship, time on earth is 60 days but only 30 days for the astronauts.
If you speed it up to 85% of the speed of light, on earth it’s 10 years has elapsed but only 30 days for the astronauts.
If you speed it up to as close to the speed of light as you can get without crossing over, 30,000 years will have passed but only 30 days for the astronauts.
(2 Peter 3:8 NKJV) But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
What does this mean to us?
(Ephesians 5:8 NKJV) For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light
(1 John 1:7 NKJV) But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
If we walk in the light as He is in the light, the closer we get to the light, the more time slows down or is stretched.
The word “walk” means to be occupied with God.
You are a spiritual being living in a natural world.
What happens when you put God first in your time management? We move closer to the light.
What happens when we walk in the light of God’s Word? We move closer to the light.