1 Jesus spoke these things, looked up to heaven, and said: Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son so that the Son may glorify You, 2 for You gave Him authority over all flesh; so He may give eternal life to all You have given Him. 3 This is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and the One You have sent —Jesus Christ. 4 I have glorified You on the earth by completing the work You gave Me to do. 5 Now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with that glory I had with You before the world existed.
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When most of us think about the topic of stewardship, we often think of financial resources. But Scripture makes it clear we’re to be excellent stewards of our time as well. By God’s grace, we’re each given 168 hours per week, and how we spend our time has eternal ramifications.
Our passage today includes what’s known as the Highly Priestly Prayer offered up by Jesus just prior to going to the cross. It’s remarkable that in Jesus’ final moments He was mindful of how He had spent His time on earth.
Notice in verse 4, Jesus says, "I have glorified You on earth by completing the work You gave Me to do." At the end of Christ’s time on earth He reflected back on how He had spent His time, and Jesus could say with confidence that He had completed the work the Father had given Him to do.
In his book, "Spiritual Disciplines For The Christian Life", Donald Whitney writes, "Godliness is the result of a disciplined life. But at the heart of a disciplined life is the Discipline of time. If we are going to be like Jesus, we must see the use of our time as a Spiritual Discipline."
Clearly, God has assigned each of us work that will bring Him glory during our time on earth. We want our lives to be productive and beneficial for Kingdom use. At the end of our time on earth, all of us want to hear the words Jesus spoke in Matthew 25:21, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness.”
Being good stewards of our time doesn’t happen by accident. Priorities have to be set and decisions have to be made with regard to what matters most. When we aren’t mindful of how we are spending our time, we tend to coast from one thing to the next and by the end of most weeks we end up wondering where our time has gone.
Part of being good stewards of our time consists of identifying what matters most and assigning the appropriate amount of time to the activities that are of greatest importance.
- In John 17:4 Jesus reflected back to how He spent His time on earth. At the end of your life how do you want to have spent your time?
- Take an inventory of how your time is being spent. Does the way you are managing your time reflect your priorities?
- Prayerfully ask God to show you areas in your schedule that need to be adjusted.