BILINGüE: ENGLISH AND SPANISH – YOUTH

 

WHAT TIME IS IT

By Rigoberto Galvez

“15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

“(Ephesians 5:15-17)

INTRO:  If you happen to be an young adult of about average weight, here’s what you do in 24 hours: Your heart beats 100 thousand times. Your blood travels 150 million miles. You breathe 23 thousand times. You inhale 13 cubic meters of air. You eat 3 pounds of food. You drink 2.5 pounds of liquids. You turn in your sleep 25-30 times. You speak 48,000 words. You move 750 major muscles. Your nails grow .015 mm. Your hair grows .5mm. You exercise 7 million brain cells.

 

 

  1. WHAT IS TIME
      1. There are many approaches toward understanding the phenomenon of time. We perceive time as past present and future. In physics time plays a major role in measurement of motion and forces.  Einstein’s relativity introduced the concept of slowing of time in motion and gravity which have been precisely confirmed.

  2. It is debatable whether the Bible contains enough information to formulate a full-scale doctrine of time; nonetheless, the significance of the biblical concept of time, is unmistakably, the way it uniformly presents God at work, in guiding the course of history, according to his saving plan.
    1. God as Lord over Time. Time is not fatalistic or self-guided, but, according to Scripture, under God’s personal direction and control. Time began at creation and becomes the agency through which God continues to unveil, his divine purpose for it.
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  3. LOOK WHO IS AFFECTED BY IT?
    1. No matter how important, or rich, or smart, or powerful we are, nobody gets more than 24 hours / day, 168 hours / week.
      1. It reveals the kind of person we are.
      2. “Tell me to what you pay attention, and I will tell you who you are.”
      3. You can tell a lot about a person by how they spend their time.
      4. Their desires, their motivations, their gifting, their values, their priorities, are all made evident by how a person spends their time.
    2. 2. What we do with our time says something about us
    3. The choices that you make today, will define who you will be tomorrow.
  4. WHERE DOES IT GO; MAKE BEST USE OF IT
    1. Among digitally connected consumers, social media usage is occupying an increasing amount of time spent connecting with others. The Buntin Group, an ad agency, surveyed US web users in May 2013 who used at least two tech platforms—including email, text or social—to connect with others during a given week, and found that average time spent per week on email, text and social among these respondents reached 23 hours.  Email and Facebook each saw 87% of respondents logging in weekly to communicate with others.
    2. 0- ILLUS – A man had a check-up and then went in to see his doctor to get the results. The doctor said he had bad news and worse news for him, which did he want to hear first? The man was a bit nonplussed and said he’d rather hear the bad news first. The doctor said, “The bad news is that you only have twenty-four hours to live.” At this the man jumped up, totally flabbergasted and distraught. He paced the doctor’s office and complained, “Twenty-four hours to live? I can’t possibly get my affairs in order that quickly. I can’t believe this, it is incredible! What could be worse news than this?” The doctor said, “The worse news is that I was supposed to tell you this yesterday but I forgot.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. WHEN IS THE TIME TO UNDERSTAND, A GIFT FROM
    1. Time is a gift and we should value it.
    2. This is, of course, often much more difficult for young people to do than older people.
    3. The young think they have plenty of time left; there’s a sense of immortality.
    4. Older people realize that time is brief.
    5. And once time runs out, there’s a time of reckoning with God.
    6. Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,
    7. We get one shot at this life – and then comes the judgment.
    8. So how can we be good stewards of our time?
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  2. HOW SHOULD I SPEND IT.? DOING THE WILL OF GOD
    1. 15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
    2. Col 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.
    3. To redeem the time means to make the most of your time; to use your time wisely.
    4. But even more than that, according to commentators it means, “‘to make a wise and sacred use of every opportunity for doing good’ … taking advantage of the opportunities that present themselves”7.
    5. “Snapping up every opportunity that comes”.8
    6. To do what? To do the will of God.
    7. Also to win the lost; notice Col 4:5 is in the context of our relationship with outsiders.
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CONCLUSION:

  1. Make time for the things that are important

What sorts of things are important?

Here’s a list of 11 things I believe should be regularly included in every Christian’s life:

  1. Fellowship
  2. Prayer
  3. Meditating in God’s Word
  4. Sharing your faith
  5. Time with your family and friends
  6. Work
  7. Reading
  8. Serving others
  9. Resting (not watching TV or playing video games)
  10. Study or learning (“Fifteen minutes a day devoted to one definite study will make one a master in a dozen years. “)
  11. Looking after your body – sleeping, eating, drinking, exercising

And by the way, that list wasn’t in order of importance.

But every one of these is mentioned in Scripture many times.

  1. Remember that people are more important than things and events

Nobody on his deathbed ever said, “I wish I had spent more time on my job.”

They think about their family, because people are more important.

ILLUS – Jesus was a very busy man, but He was never hurried. You never see Him saying irritably, “Aw, man! Who touched my coat? Can’t you see I’ve gotta be at Jairus’ place in five minutes, to pray for a little girl or she’s going to die? What is wrong with you people?”

Somehow He always had time for people.

“Time is the deposit each one has in the bank of God… and no one knows the balance.”

Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”; (Ecc 12:1)

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