Time is a wonderful gift, but we often don’t recognize it as such. In addition, we all have the same amount of time, but we don’t always use it well. Jesus was constantly mindful of what he should do at all times. He used his time well. Sometimes that meant healing someone, and sometimes it meant getting away to get some rest or to spend time with his Heavenly Father. The following questions should help us explore how we might be better stewards of the time God as given us.
1. Would you agree with the statement that our time is a gift? Why or why not? How might we use our time differently if we view it as a gift?
2. Do you think most people feel they don’t have enough time? Explain your answer. How would you describe your own schedule? What do you think the problem is when we find we have a shortage of time?
3. Read Psalm 90:12 and Ephesians 5:15-17. What do you think it means to make the most of our time? What can we learn from these verses about how to do this?
4. Many people divide their time up between “secular” and “sacred” activities. Read 1 Corinthians 10:31. Why is it important to view everything as sacred? How might relaxing or enjoying a ball game be a spiritual activity?
5. Read John 9:1-7. Why should we be mindful of the shortness of time? How do you think Jesus knew what he should do with his time in various situations?
6. Read Matthew 6:33. What do you think it means to “seek first God’s kingdom” when it comes to our time?
7. What are some changes you might make to your schedule as a result of this study?