Last week God spoke to me about how to use my time productively. I have written two posts which contain His three suggestions:
- Have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds
- Making the very most of the time (buying up each opportunity)
There were three parts to what He was saying via Eph 5…
- One was to focus on buying up the opportunities and how this is influencing my use of my time, to remain focussed on the calling He has given me – in this post!
- The second part was to separate myself from fruitless people and their deeds. This is a much harder thing to do than it sounds – at least for me!
- The third part is this… try new things, experiment and learn as you go what He finds pleasing
Here is part 1…
Therefore He says, Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine (make day dawn) upon you and give you light.
15Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people),
16Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.
17Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is. – Eph 5:14-17
It is interesting to note what the opportunities are… they are different for different people.
For me – as an intercessory missionary – they are different to people called to be a full time minister or people called to be pastors even those called to be “pastors in the workplace” (meaning, employed full time).
But for me the opportunities are different. I recently read how another intercessionary missionary describe his calling
Some people may take issue with the fact that I call myself an “intercessional missionary”, or they may be confused about its meaning… it’s not a huge concept.
Intercessional merely means “A prayer to God on behalf of another.” And missionary means “A person who is sent by a church into an area to carry on evangelism or other activities, as educational or hospital work”. It also means “A person who is sent on a mission”.
So, in essence, my role in things to come will be standing in the gap for those who would not otherwise think to turn to God, while praying for them to do just that. – Justin Long
I encourage you to consider… what is your calling, where has He positioned you? What opportunities are you able to buy up? Are you making the most of your time?