The New Person – Redeeming the Time
The name of this blog spot is, “A Spiritual Journey.” Here are words which, I hope, will lead us to a deeper and more profound relationship with God. Teachers of God’s word have bee writing about this very topic for centuries. Paul, for instance, will give us a great look at this spiritual journey should be traveling. Yes, it is one that humankind, SHOULD be traveling. We are created in the image of God with a purpose that will, at times, become lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
There is no doubt; life will get busy. It seems we stretch ourselves, sometimes with work and family activities, beyond our ability to cope. The boss wants this, the kids need to go here, the care needs fixed, the shopping needs to be done, on and on we can go listing all of the expectations which face us. There just does not seem to be enough time, and with that busy kind of lifestyle, we find ourselves just rolling along in life and reacting instead of being proactive with life. In this state, it is easy to lose sight of important matters such as our spiritual lives. Satan likes it when we are in that state of chaos and not paying attention to God. What is the solution? Well, there are all kinds of ways a person can study to help make life more manageable. I know, as a preacher, I have to really pay attention to time management. I have to schedule my time and use my time well. I prioritize what must be done and do those actions high on my list first, and I have to remember that there are just so many hours in the day and I do what I can and the other will be left for another day, or not done. However, along with those kinds of ideas, we need to live life as God has instructed us and managing our time is part of this way of life. We do need to be reactive to life, but instead, we need to be proactive. We need to think about what we are doing with our lives. While it may be easy to leave God out of our lives while we are in a time crunch, it is not smart. Doing this we are ignoring our real purpose in life. We have been created by God for a reason, with a purpose and that purpose is for us to get to God in Heaven! Not only does this help us in our spiritual lives, but it will help us in life in general. What God is doing for us is instructing us on how to live life to the very best of our ability. I will take thought for us to live life in a proactive, and Godly way. It will take planning, and it will take us putting important matters ahead of maybe some urgent ones that are not so important. In the book of Ephesians Paul will make a comment which will help us get it together. In Ephesians 5:17 Paul will say, “Be very careful how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish but understand what the Lord’s will is,” (NIV).
In the book of Ephesians Paul is taking us on a spiritual journey. It is a journey that will bring us closer to God. Hopefully, in the next few installments of this post, we will explore the ways God, through Paul, is leading us to become a New Person. Shaping our lives to live better here in this life and shaping our lives to fulfill our real purpose in life, getting us to God in Heaven.