Time Management



Psalms 90:12 – “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”

1.       These are the petitions of this prayer, grounded upon the foregoing meditations and acknowledgments.
2.       Is any afflicted? Let him learn thus to pray. Four things they are here directed to pray for:
3.       For a sanctified use of the sad dispensation they were now under.  Being condemned to have our days shortened
4.       "Lord, teach us to number our days (Ps 90:12); Lord, give us grace duly to consider how few they are, and how little a while we have to live in this world."
5.       It is an excellent art rightly to number our days, so as not to be out in our calculation, as he was who counted upon many years to come when, that night, his soul was required of him. 

Luke 12 : 16 – 19 (20)
16  And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
17  And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
18  And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
19  And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
20  But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
21  So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

6.       We must live under a constant apprehension of the shortness and uncertainty of life and the near approach of death and eternity.
7.       We must so number our days as to compare our work with them, and mind it accordingly with a double diligence, as those that have no time to trifle.
8.       Those that would learn this arithmetic must pray for divine instruction, must go to God, and beg of him to teach them by his Spirit, to put them upon considering and to give them a good understanding.
9.       We then number our days to good purpose when thereby our hearts are inclined and engaged to true wisdom, that is, to the practice of serious godliness. 
10.  To be religious is to be wise; this is a thing to which it is necessary that we apply our hearts, and the matter requires and deserves a close application, to which frequent thoughts of the uncertainty of our continuance here and the certainty of our removal hence, will very much contribute.
11.  What time we are entrusted by God, we should spend it wisely and cautiously.


Mark 4, 5, 6

The Way you spend Time may be divided into three

1.      Towards fellow human beings
2.      Towards oneself
3.      Towards God

I.                   Towards fellow human beings

Mark 4

  1. Jesus was ministering at the seaside of Tiberias
  2. He was very busy spending the whole day preaching and healing
  3. He taught them about the parable of the Sower and the seeds
  4. He spoke many other parables like the parable of mustard seed
  5. Then at the evening He decided to travel to the other side of the sea – to heal a mad man

Mark 4:35 – “And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.”

  1. Jesus and disciples might have been very tired by a days hard work – preaching and managing the event
  2. They were serving their fellow human beings
  3. It was evening by now – getting dark – time for rest after a days work
  4. But still Jesus could not wait to serve another human being
  5. If a true disciple of Christ, serving your fellow beings cannot wait
  6. He went to the other side – healed the mad man – and came back on the same day

Matthew 4:23-“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.”

II.                Towards Oneself

Mark 4

1.      While Jesus and the disciples were sailing to Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee, Jesus takes a nap

Mark 4:23- “But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.

2.      There are occasions when Jesus served Himself
3.      Jesus was setting an example for us to take care of ourselves
4.      Bible records occasions when Jesus slept and felt hungry and thirsty

Mark 6:30-32
30 And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught.
31 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.
32 And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.

Towards oneself – Affects your Spiritual Life

                                                              i.      What we Hear
                                                            ii.      What we See
                                                          iii.      What we Speak – what goes out of our mouth
                                                          iv.      What we eat - what goes into our mouth

i.        What we hear

Romans 10:17-“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

ii.      What we See

  1. Eyes are the best door to your heart
  2. What you see last longer in your mind than what you hear
  3. Through different means, like electronic media, devil enters into your heart.

Psalms 13:3-“Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death”

Mathew 5:29-“And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.”

iii.    What we Speak – what comes out of our mouth

Matthew 4:4-“ But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

Matthew 12:34-“…. for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”

Matthew 15:11-“Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.”

Matthew 15:19, 20
19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.

Proverbs 10:11-“The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.”

Proverbs 13:3-“He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.”

Proverbs 15:4-“A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.”

Proverbs 18:21-“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”

iv.    What we eat - What goes out of our mouth

Leviticus 11 speaks of what we should eat and what we should not eat.

III. Towards GOD

1.      This is the most important part of your Time Management
2.      The time you spend with God has real worth

Mark 6:45, 46
45  And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people. {unto...: or, over against Bethsaida}
46  And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.

3.       Jesus and disciples are spending busy days, preaching and doing miracles
4.       They fed five thousand men and many women and children
5.       After this busy day, just as the it was dusk, he send the disciples to the other side   of the sea
6.       Jesus went up the mountain to pray.
7.       Jesus knew the importance of maintaining the right relationship with God
8.       Jesus got all energy for doing the days work from God

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