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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Live Now"

January 19, 2006

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Be very careful, then, how you live -- not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity. Ephesians 5:15-16

Sometimes people say, "I have an hour to kill." Time is not an enemy to destroy. It's a gift to treasure and use. Time is among our most precious earthly possessions. What good are money, job, or family if we have no time? The apostle encourages us to make "the most of every opportunity."

Jesus teaches us to be selective. His public career lasted not much more than 1,000 days. He did not teach and heal all the time. He slept and rested like others. Yet when His earthly life was over, He prayed to his Father, "I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work You gave Me to do" (John 17:4). Jesus was concerned about doing His Father's will to live and die and rise again as the deliverer from sin and its eternal effects, mainly death.

Let us, like Jesus, concentrate on doing our Father's will. Let us plan our time and organize our activities to make time for God and take time for people. Let us make wise use of little moments of time that are otherwise wasted.

On Judgment Day we will be asked to give an account of our life to the Lord. May He say to each of us, "Well done, good and faithful servant!" (Matthew 25:21).

PRAYER: Eternal God, help us use today to the full, bringing glory to You; in Jesus' name. Amen.

(Devotions from "The Abundant Life" copyright 1998, CPH. All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be printed, reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission of Concordia Publishing House. Permission is granted for one-time e-mailing of this link to a friend. For information on other devotional material, please contact CPH at 800-325-3040 or visit CPH at www.cph.org.)

Today's Bible Readings: Job 28-29    Matthew 13:1-30

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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