• Nathan Herrington

Being the Difference 2

Being the Difference 2

Stewarding God’s Time in Our Lives

We are called to be the moving, growing refuge of the world.

Working definition of STEWARDSHIP

Believers are responsible for:

Managing God’s blessings

God’s way

For God’s glory

Psalm 24:1 (NASB95)

1 The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains,

The world, and those who dwell in it.

Mark 4:18–20 (NIV)

18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word;

19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.

20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”

Distraction of time is busyness. Addicted to busy! (Ps Brady Boyd)

Romans 12:2 (NASB95)

2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

We want our lives back and have the freedom in the area of time to do what we love!

We have pressures to get more done faster, so we can keep up with busyness in this fast paced world.

We feel like we can never catch up or we are never doing enough.

We often combat this by just living flippant lives with no direction.

What God is asking us to do through His word is to Steward it well to bring Him glory.

Remember teh image of the cross. God AND others

Prov 29:18

100 Verses on Time Management

Ecclesiastes 3:1–10 (NASB95)

A Time for Everything

1 There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—

2 A time to give birth and a time to die;

A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.

3 A time to kill and a time to heal;

A time to tear down and a time to build up.

4 A time to weep and a time to laugh;

A time to mourn and a time to dance.

5 A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;

A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.

6 A time to search and a time to give up as lost;

A time to keep and a time to throw away.

7 A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;

A time to be silent and a time to speak.

8 A time to love and a time to hate;

A time for war and a time for peace.

9 What profit is there to the worker from that in which he toils?

10 I have seen the task which God has given the sons of men with which to occupy themselves.

11...He has set eternity in their hearts...

Ecclesiastes 8:5–6 (NASB95)

5 He who keeps a royal command experiences no trouble, for a wise heart knows the proper time and procedure.

6 For there is a proper time and procedure for every delight, though a man’s trouble is heavy upon him.

“Command” - An authoritative direction or instruction to do something: through speech or writing.

1 Kings 5:3–4 (NASB95)

3 “You know that David my father was unable to build a house for the name of the Lord his God because of the wars which surrounded him, until the Lord put them under the soles of his feet.

4 “But now the Lord my God has given me rest on every side; there is neither adversary nor misfortune.

1 Kings 10:1–9 (NASB95)

The Queen of Sheba Story

Your responsibility regarding time is listening to God’s Spirit and living in concert with God’s purposes for your life.

The disciples were concerned that Jesus “take the time” to eat, yet He


“My food … is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”

(John 4:34)

Stewarding God’s Time… Achieving God’s Purposes for Your Life through Establishing and Completing Specific Goals through communion with the Holy Spirit.

Nehemiah 6:1–4 (NASB95)

(Nehemiah had a vision from God, but there would be no way for him to fulfill it with it total dedication of the people.

One of the biggest challenges to starting a new church is reminding the people, that we have not arrived, because we don’t have everyone we need to complete the vision)

1 Now when it was reported to Sanballat, Tobiah, to Geshem the Arab and to the rest of our enemies that I had rebuilt the wall, and that no breach remained in it, although at that time I had not set up the doors in the gates,

2 then Sanballat and Geshem sent a message to me, saying, “Come, let us meet together at Chephirim in the plain of Ono.” But they were planning to harm me.

3 So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?”

4 They sent messages to me four times in this manner, and I answered them in the same way.

1. Time management is not a method to ACCOMPLISH MORE , but a means of establishing GOD’S PRIORITIES in your life.

Testimony of Hearing God/Ps Hoff/Ps Kermit 2008

Matt’s Testimony Saturday

2. Stress and anxiety happen when there’s a disconnect between your VALUES and your BEHAVIOR.

Steps to the process of Stewarding Time:

  • Schedule your upcoming week on Sunday nights

  • Establish in prayer your weekly deadlines

  • Begin with the end in mind

  • Write down 5-7 areas of life that are important to you


  • Set 3-5 that weeks goals for each area of life

  • Try and meet deadlines early to avoid unnecessary stress

  • Stress distracts us from the Lord’s voice

  • We also free up time to be used as the Lord prompts us

  • Prioritize with God and set work dates/times for each goal.

  • Always subordinate projects for relationships unless the deadline is near.


Instead, add time with family, serving God, building relationships, or time with God.

Stewarding time is weeding out the unimportant so you can fulfill His will and calling

More importantly, it is living in intimate communion with the Lord as He enables you to choose wisely between that which is good and that which is better.

Restaurants with a huge Menu

Psalm 143:10 (NASB95)

10 Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.

Living our lives too much to the left, overly spiritual with no guidelines is un-responsible and living too much to the right of all guidelines and no room for faith is being rigid.

Neither honor God and exemplify His character.

Nehemiah 6:10–13 (NASB95)

10 When I entered the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah, son of Mehetabel, who was confined at home, he said, “Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us close the doors of the temple, for they are coming to kill you, and they are coming to kill you at night.”

11 But I said, “Should a man like me flee? And could one such as I go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in.”

12 Then I perceived that surely God had not sent him, but he uttered his prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.

13 He was hired for this reason, that I might become frightened and act accordingly and sin, so that they might have an evil report in order that they could reproach me.

There will be times when very well meaning people will come into your life to try and distract you from what God has given you vision for.

They will seem very wise, but do not have a heart for what God has called you to do.

Others will think you’re absurd, because God has given you vision and the processes to get there.

Our discernment must come through our time with God, and seeking Godly counsel.

Ephesians 5:15–17 (NIV)

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

The Wise Steward of Time

“Be very careful, then, how you live …”

• The wise steward—

— is aware of the importance of time

— is watchful, vigilant and on guard to protect time

— is conscious of accountability

“Not as unwise, but as wise …”

• The wise steward—

— relies on God for wisdom

— discerns God’s will

— is sensible and balanced

“Making the most of every opportunity...”

• The wise steward—

— commits each day to the Lord

— is open to God’s turning of events

— looks for opportunities to be used by God

“Because the days are evil.”

• The wise steward knows there will be temptation to waste time—

— from the outside world

— from inner cravings

— from Satan, the adversary

“Therefore do not be foolish,”

• The wise steward—

— learns from past mistakes with the use of time

— relies on inner strength from the Lord to overcome temptation

— knows how to discern between the good and the best

“But understand what the Lord’s will is.”

• The wise steward—

— spends time in intimate communication with the Lord

— listens to the Holy Spirit for direction

— knows his gifts and abilities and uses them for the Lord’s work

Psalm 90:12 (NASB95)

12 So teach us to number our days,

That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.

Ecclesiastes 8:5–6 (NASB95)

5 He who keeps a royal command experiences no trouble, for a wise heart knows the proper time and procedure.

4. God’s priorities flow when you develop__PRACTICAL HABITS___, which encourage ___SELF-DISCIPLINE___.

✓ Make time for the Holy Spirit while planning your week.

✓ Leave room for the Holy Spirit when structuring your day.

✓ Ask the Holy Spirit to help you steward the responsibilities He has entrusted to you.

Call to Action:

The bold move I’m going to ask you to make this week is while in communion with the Holy Spirit, begin to become more disciplined with your time according to your values.


I want to challenge you to make more time for God, others, and serving in a new capacity.

Positive Results:

The results will be that you will find that you have more time to do what you love while having a greater sense of fulfillment and purpose.

Negative result:

Nothing changes and you stay right where you are and the generations to follow are affected very little.

Greatest life change:

I assure you that you will go from a place of wandering around to seeing God’s signs and wonders.

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