Time is a resource that is nonrenewable and nontransferable. You cannot store it up, slow it up, divide it up or give it up. When you kill time, remember that it has no resurrection. Everyday we have to choose whether we are going to spend our time surviving life or serving Christ, whether we will waste time on earth or invest time for the Kingdom. - Pastor Dave
Open: Describe your time management and usage: In what ways do you struggle with the stewardship of time?
Read: Luke 10:38-42; Mark 1:32-38; Ephesians 5:15-17; Psalm 90
1. How do you see time as the greatest and most important commodity? Why do so many people struggle with the stewardship of time? What cultural factors contribute to the difficulties we face with time?
2. Define margin: How does margin determine the load vs. the limit we experience with our time?
3. How does Jesus confront the use of time between Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42)? Does this mean that God doesn’t want us working hard? How do good things get in the way of the most important things?
4. What type of things does time-induced stress cause? How have you seen this played out in your life? Can you think of any Biblical characters that struggled with time-induced stress? Did Jesus face time-induced stress? How did He deal with stressful moments and deal correctly with his stewardship of time (Mark 1:32-38)?
5. What does it look like to walk in wisdom (Ephesians 5:15-17) with regards to our time? What are the areas you might be walking in foolishness instead of wisdom? Take a moment to consider a time-audit (where do you spend your time?)
Pray: that you would make the best use of your time and consider the plans of Christ in your life.
Memorize/Meditate: Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16