It’s easy to get sucked into time wasting activities.
For example, I have to be careful to not let YouTube videos suck me into spending hours doing nothing productive.The struggle is real…
Paul told the Christians at Ephesus to “[Be]careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do” (Ephesians 5:15-17).
Matthew Henry’s commentary on verse 17 says:
Good Christians must be good husbands of their time, and take care to improve it to the best of purposes, by watching against temptations, by doing good while it is in the power of their hands, and by filling it up with proper employment.
Joel 2:25 is a verse Christians love to quote:
The Lord says, “I will give you back what you lost
to the swarming locusts, the hopping locusts,
the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts.”
I’ve seen grown people cry over this verse…
And it’s truly an awesome verse because God is merciful when we completely miss it.
Most of us, like the children of Israel, waste our time on things that eat up our fields and take away opportunities.
My encouragement to us all is to not wait until the locusts, i.e the time wasters, strip our fields before we start getting serious about managing our time.
If you see a locust, squash it!
Ask the Lord to help you stay on track.
This is not about legalism, either.
Don’t get busy doing a bunch of stuff out of obligation, thinking that religious activity is like a can of locust repellent.
When I talk about asking the Lord for help, I mean to ask Him to open your eyes to the people who could benefit from you making the most of every opportunity.