Making the Most of Your Time

Text: Ephesians 5:15-16

All of us are busy with obligations and responsibilities of this life. We only have so much time in which to do everything. Paul gave the Ephesians instructions about how to make the most of their time by focusing on what is truly important.

Understand the Will of God (Ephesians 5:17)

  • Paul said, “Be careful how you walk” and walk “as wise” men (Ephesians 5:15) – elsewhere Paul said, “Walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7); how is this accomplished?
  • Faith comes from the word (Romans 10:17) – we walk by faith (and walk wisely) by conducting our lives according to what God’s word teaches
  • To walk by faith, we must first know what God’s word teaches – requires study (2 Timothy 2:15); we can understand the word (Ephesians 3:4)

Do Not Get Drunk with Wine (Ephesians 5:18)

  • Several condemnations of drunkenness in the NT (Galatians 5:21; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10) – not only drunkenness, but also social drinking (1 Peter 4:3); connected with fulfilling the lusts of men (1 Peter 4:2)
  • Specific prohibition is important, but the general instruction to give up sin is also important – we are to be dead to sin (Romans 6:11); fulfill God’s will, not live however we desire (1 Peter 4:2)
  • Engaging in sin not only violates God’s law, it also takes time away from doing what God wants us to do

Be Filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18)

  • What does it mean to be filled with the Spirit? … remember the contrast with drunkenness – the more one consumes alcohol, the more his thinking and behavior is influenced by the alcohol; likewise, the more we are filled with the Spirit, the more our thinking and behavior is influenced by the Spirit
  • How does the Spirit influence us? … not miraculous; He does not overpower our free will; the Spirit guides us through the word (1 Corinthians 2:10-13)
  • To be filled with the Spirit, we must study, understand, believe, and practice the word

Sing Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs (Ephesians 5:19)

  • We do two things when we sing these songs – worship God and teach one another
  • Regarding worship, it must be “in spirit and truth” (John 4:24) – “in spirit” is “making melody with your heart“; “in truth” is according to God’s instructions (Colossians 3:17)
  • About teaching (Colossians 3:16) – when we sing these types of songs (in or out of the assembly), the purpose is teaching; not entertainment, being emotionally stirred, or anything else

Give Thanks to God (Ephesians 5:20)

  • All of our blessings come from God (James 1:17) – never forget this
  • We should express our thanksgiving in prayer (Philippians 4:6) – do so “without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
  • We also demonstrate our thankfulness to God through the way we live our lives (Hebrews 12:28) – we “offer to God an acceptable service” BY showing “gratitude“; connection made elsewhere between thanksgiving and obedience (Colossians 3:17; Romans 6:17-18)

Be Subject to One Another (Ephesians 5:21)

  • We do this by fulfilling the different roles we have in our relationships with others
  • Context continues with roles of husbands/wives, children/parents, and slaves/masters (Ephesians 5:22-6:9) – principle apples to every relationship we have within the body of Christ as well
  • Requires humility – put others ahead of yourself (Philippians 2:3-4)

Conclusion

  • To make the most of your time, we must be sure that our priorities are in order
  • If we do what Paul mentioned, we’ll make the most of our time – therefore, we will also be walking wisely and pleasing God

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