Perhaps the greatest gift that God gives us is the gift of time. Hard to believe that I have been on this earth now for 68 years. Just last week I did the funeral of a lady who had lived to be 100 years old! Most of us will never reach that goal. But God has blessed us with the years we’ve been here, and we want to make the best use of the time we have here on earth. This month, we not only close out a year, we now enter into a new DECADE! 

          There is great wisdom in the 5th chapter of Ephesians where it says, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Circumspectly means, “Not willing to take risks.” Midnight of December 31 marks a new year for us. What can we do to be God’s stewards of a new year?

          There is a word that sometimes has bad connotations but can be a very good word. That word is AGENDA. When Jesus is your Lord and Savior, He is the author of our daily agendas. Success is not always doing those things that bring praise and adulation. It is simply doing what God lays out for you to do on any given day. Psalm 139:16 says, “You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I even began to breath. Every day was recorded in your book!” God has a plan for each of our lives and the greatest success we can ever achieve is to live into God’s plan. How can we plan to do this in this upcoming year?

1)    GIVE GOD THE AUTHORSHIP OF YOUR AGENDA. Learn to say each morning- “I offer my body as a living sacrifice.” 

2)    PLAN YOUR SCHEDULE CAREFULLY. Part of maturing is learning how to schedule our time. How do we prioritize? Psalm 90 says that we are to number our days that we may present the Lord a heart of wisdom. 

3)    ACCEPT THE FACT THAT THERE WILL BE INTERRUPTIONS. Read the gospels. Look at the life of Jesus. Some of His greatest ministry came when someone came to Him unexpectedly and had a need. We can never be so tied to a schedule that there isn’t time to invest in people. 

4)    REALIZE THAT DISAPPOINTMENTS CAN OFTEN BE DIVINE APPOINTMENTS. So much of life is “Plan B.” But having gone down an unfamiliar path, we can discover that God knew what He was doing when He redirected us. 

5)    LOOK FOR OPEN DOORS. There may come a ministry opportunity or a conversation you had never planned on. 

6)    PERFORM SMALL TASKS GLADLY. We need to learn the value of the “sacred ordinary.” “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.”

7)    LEAVE THE UNDONE IN GOD’S HANDS. Acts 10:38 is one of the most redemptive scriptures I know. It simply says that Jesus went about doing good. It doesn’t say that he healed EVERY sick person, or that He saved EVERY unsaved person. He ministered to the need before Him, and that’s all that any of us can do. 

          Live this year in such a way that when 2021 rolls around you can receive God’s “Well done good and faithful servant.”

See You in Church, 

Pastor Ted