#ipromise devotional 2/11/16 – The investment that truly matters

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This week’s #ipromise principle: God’s promise to finish what he started is a promise to live not a position to attain.

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. [Colossians 4:5-6]

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
[Ephesians 5:15-17]

Every one of us has the same amount of time. What amount of your time is wasted, spent, or invested? God’s call is for your investment. I once heard this statement that stuck to my soul.

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.

Because we have been given limited time, wisdom calls for us to evaluate our lives and rid them of the unimportant. We should not pay with time for things that should not be done at all.

While some things should not be done at all, there are things that must be done but are not the most important (like mowing the yard). When the least important dominate someone’s mind, they receive more attention than that which is truly important. Mowing the yard needs to be done but should not receive your best energy and attention.
[Eric Geiger]

I fall into this trap at times, and I bet you do too.

Things that matter the most can never be sacrificed at the altar of the things that matter the least.

So don’t waste, or spend- but invest. Invest in what matters. And what is it that matters?

Eternity.

Put your time into discipling your family over taking on extra work.
Put your time into serving the church over serving yourself.
Put your time into living out God’s mission and meeting needs of others over your own needs.

Kingdom Invested time is the only time yielding a return that lasts forever.

God, redeem our time. May we make the best of it as we consider You to be THE BEST.

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