Planting and Tending Your Garden
SEED OF TRUTH
Read Ephesians 5:15-21.
What does God want us to do with our time? What do you think Paul means when he says the days are evil?
PLANT THE SEED
Quietly recite today’s focus verse to yourself. Hide it in your heart and meditate on it throughout the day.
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”
WATER THE SEED
We don’t always see the darkness we are living in. The world around us is getting darker by the moment. The wonderful thing about a very dark night is that the stars shine so brightly! The mere presence of a child of light in the midst of the darkness can cause conviction in unbelievers. That is the role and work of the Holy Spirit. Don’t be afraid to be the light.
You may not feel like the light. The enemy will try and convince you that you are having no effect whatsoever. Remember that little song you may have sung in preschool? “This little light of mine. I’m going to let it shine.” You are shining. The darkness cannot overcome the light no matter what the devil might try to tell you. Time is such a huge resource, and we often waste it and don’t make the most of it. Being a godly steward of time is so important because once time is gone it is gone. Would you really make it a point to look at how you use your time, not only today but through your week? What do you do with the riches of time the Lord has given to you? Are you using it to further the gospel or to be the body of Christ to those in your world or beyond? Take a moment to make the changes necessary in your schedule. And as you meditate on this scripture today, observe yourself and note how you use your time.
BEAR THE FRUIT
Make the best use of the time.
CLOSE IN PRAYER
Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has been planted in your heart today.
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
Ephesians 5:15-21 KJV