Each week, One Community Church presents the inspirational words of one of its partners in the form of a devotional. This week’s devo was written by Krystal Howard.The Word:
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5: 15-17 (NASB)

The Story:
Time is one of the greatest commodities. It cannot be purchased, hoarded or sold. Time is certainly a gift from God, and a powerful resource. There are many things that are in competition for my time and attention. Lately, God has challenged me to be a better steward of my time. He has shown me how displeased He is when I do not use my time according to His will. God has certain tasks He wants me to complete, and has given every second of my life purpose. I pray that when I come to the end of my life, I will be able to say I honored the Lord by accomplishing those tasks He set for me to do.

The Reflection:
Do we take time for granted? Are we unable to account for large chunks of time? How are we conducting our lives in order to reflect God’s view of time? What are we doing to submit our days to the plans of God?

The Application:
This week, let us ask God to heighten our sensitivity to the way we manage our time. Let us remember that God planned our days before we were born. Knowing this, let us commit to submitting our plans to God so that He can get the most glory.

The Prayer:
Lord, we confess that we are not always good stewards of our time. We surrender this area of our lives to You, God. May we stay in obedience to Your purposes for our lives. Amen.