JM’s Journal: Are You Being Accountable to God for Your Time?

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Are You Being Accountable to God for Your Time?

Walking Circumspectly, Not as Fools but as Wise

by J.M. Troppello

I admit that I have procrastinated before. Sometimes it happened because I felt lazy. Other times, I felt insecure about not being able to do a good job on the project – so why get started anyway. I don’t like procrastinating. It doesn’t reap good results. However, whenever I realize that I am procrastinating, I usually take a moment to think about that waste of time and how I can do better next time.

“A man has no time for which he is not accountable to God.” – Thomas Wilson

I saw that statement in my devotional book today. That truly resonated with me. All of my time is accountable to God? Is none of my time actually mine? Well, as a Christian, I accepted Jesus as Lord of my life. I still can choose my own way, but I want to choose to be accountable to God for my time each day.

15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of God. (Eph. 5:15-21, NKJV)

How to Be Accountable to God for Your Time

That statement from Thomas Wilson and this passage from Ephesians definitely made me think today. I created the following action plan to implement into my daily routine to help me focus on becoming more accountable to God for my time – which is really His time now.

  • Honestly evaluate how I spend my time

  • Decide on what to remove from my schedule

  • Choose to become more productive for the Lord

  • Search the Scriptures on this issue and pray

“To walk circumspectly is to step gingerly. We should watch our path to avoid contact with undesirable influences. Redeeming the time means taking advantage of opportunities for service. We each have a limited amount of time on the earth. Paul exhorts us to use as much as that time as possible for advancing Christ’s purposes in this world. Discerning the will of the Lord is not a matter of feeling or emotion, but of mental understanding, applying our minds to Scripture.” (Source: TNSB)

I want to avoid getting involved with the wrong influences in my life. I am making a decision today to focus more on using my time for service to the Lord. I know that time is fleeting. I want each moment to count. Reading through the Scriptures and spending more time in prayer is a great way to start so I can discern God’s will for my life in this area.

Are you accountable to God for your time?

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JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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