God Owns Your Time

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It’s hard to answer the question, “How do we spend our time?” As the CEO of the fortune 1000 company ServiceMaster, Bill Pollard had many different things fighting for every hour of his day. When he approached a friend to help him sort out his priorities, Bill had to answer an even tougher question. In the following video, Bill shares his thoughts on managing time and making most of the 24 hours we all have each day. Bill has authored several books, including The Tides of Life, which unpacks the lessons that Bill learned over his career as a lawyer and a businessman. 

Bill starts by asking the question of whether or not how we spend our time lines up with our faith. He argues that our time belongs to God—it’s not truly ours. Read Psalm 24:1 below. 

Psalm 24:1 (NASB)

1The earth is the LORDS, and all it contains,

The world, and those who dwell in it.

New American Standard Bible, Copyright 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

If everything in the world, and all the people in the world belong to God, what does that mean for your time? If it belongs to God, what does that mean for how you spend it?
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Bill argues that, because God owns our hours, we must use them to do God’s work wherever we find ourselves. What would tempt you to divide “God’s time” from “your time” (work, family, vacation)? How could you use those hours focused on family or work to glorify God?
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Bill also mentioned the parable of the talents, where Jesus pointed out that we all must be productive with the time that God has given us. How does the perspective that God expects a return on His investment in us change your view of your work?
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Bill’s friend Peter Drucker challenged him to identify the single priority in his own life, rather than prioritize a list of important projects. This led Bill to Matthew 6:33. You can read it below. 

Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

33But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Jesus’ command in this verse is to make God’s kingdom our only priority. This led Bill to decide that, if God wasn’t in what he was doing, it wasn’t worth doing at all. What ways do you spend your time where you can clearly see God’s hand? In what things is He less present?
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How would you spend your time differently if you made the kingdom of God your only priority?
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What would the time you spent at work look like if you prioritized advancing God’s reputation?
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Bill concludes the video with a few examples of how we can “spend time” on the right things without actually investing the time in our family or church. The quality of our time investment is just as important as the location of our time investment. 

What things distract you from truly investing your time when you’re with your family or at church?
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What would your life look like if you both prioritized the kingdom of God and invested your time intentionally in doing God’s work?
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We all know that our time is our most important asset. But everything in the world belongs to God, including every hour of our life. We must make God’s interests our only priority, and invest our time in doing His work in our spheres of influence. God owns our time. We should spend it well. 

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