Steward | stew·ard | to manage or look after (another’s property)
When we think of stewardship, we don’t often think of stewarding our time. But the truth is every minute, hour, and day take us one step closer to eternity. Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” Our time is valuable because we are called to live with eternity in mind. So how do make the most of our time?
1. Determine your priorities.
We are all born with a predetermined birth and death date (Ecclesiastes 3:2). We are all given a specific amount of time. You were set apart so that you may reveal the Son to those who don’t know Him (Galatians 1:15-16). So we need to determine if we are going to prioritize according to the world’s standards or according to God’s (1 John 2:17).
Spend time with the Lord to grow in character, grace, and truth so that you can clearly articulate the gospel while your child plays soccer or when you are waiting in line at the grocery store. Spend more time loving your neighbor than watching Netflix. Be more intentional about identifying and fulfilling your role in the church than finding a new hobby (1 Peter 4:10). This doesn’t mean abdicate rest, television, and extracurricular activities. It does mean prioritizing your time to benefit the kingdom instead of doing things that will fade away. It does mean when doing those things, we are still living on mission.
2. Set boundaries.
You have been given much to manage – family, friends, ministry, work, coworkers, and probably several other roles. If boundaries are not set, you will feel the strain of stewarding time with all of those people and activities. Scripture says that the Lord leads us in green pastures and restores our soul (Psalm 23:3). He says His yoke is easy and burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30). Psalm 16:6 says that He has drawn us boundary lines in pleasant places.
In all of these verses, we see that following God is meant to be a source of joy, pleasantness, and rest. It doesn’t mean that juggling what He has called you to will be a walk in the park. In fact, we are promised suffering in the Christian life. But it does mean that when we set healthy boundaries in place for our time, He helps us find rest and peace in handling what He has given us to manage. Everything has a time and a season (Ephesians 3:1). We have to draw the lines.
3. Be all in.
Instead of trying to manage multiple things at one time, be all in in the moment and circumstance in which you are placed. Time to be with your kids? Put down your phone and be fully invested in what they are doing and saying. Wife wants to talk about her day? Record the game and give her your undivided attention. A million things to do after work? Focus on working for the Lord during the work day and trust that He will give you the strength to take care of what is necessary when you have stewarded your work day well (Colossians 3:23). Whatever you set your hands to, do for the name of Jesus (Colossians 3:17).
How we manage our time is a reflection of Who we follow. To a watching world if how we work and love our family, looks different, they will take notice and wonder about the difference. A good manager knows how to be diligent with his time no matter what he sets his hands to. He knows it is all for the glory of the King and all a reflection of Him, as well.
Interested in learning how to be on mission with your time? Plug in with a group of believers, find a ministry area to serve in, and spend time having fun with God’s people and invite others to join you at our upcoming events. We will help you be all in in how you manage your time and grow for the glory of God!