Nov. 22, 2020
Making the Most
Ephesians 5:15-16; Esther 4:12-14
“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”
“…redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
Ephesians 5:16 (NKJV)
2. Redeeming The Time:
a. Exagorazomenoi – ____________ from loss, to buy up, ransom
b. Chronos – ____________ or sequential time (past, present, future), moves in one direction (quantitative-____________)
c. Kairos – a proper time for ____________, a window of opportunity, a critical moment (qualitative-____________ but not measured)
d. Time is measured in Chronos ~ Life is measured in Kairos moments.
“For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father’s family will perish. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this.”
i. Inaction is ____________.
ii. Indecision is ____________.
iii. Silence can ____________.
“Delayed obedience is disobedience.” Craig Groeschel
3. Five Lessons For Discerning God’s Timing (Kairos):
a. Don’t ____________ God’s timing.
God’s timeline is ____________ our timeline.
“Do not be deceived, God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh from the flesh will reap destruction. Whoever sows to please the spirit from the spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
That night the king had trouble sleeping, so he ordered an attendant to bring the book of the history of his reign so it could be read to him. In those records he discovered an account of how Mordecai had exposed the plot of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the eunuchs who guarded the door to the king’s private quarters. They had plotted to assassinate King Xerxes.
When we are faithful ____________, God often blesses us ____________.
We often overestimate what ____________ can do in a year, but we underestimate what ____________ can do in 10 years.
b. Don’t be so ____________ on getting out of tough situations that you ____________ to get anything out of tough situations.
Don’t fall into the when/then ____________.
c. Don’t put a ____________ where God puts a comma…don’t put a ____________ where God puts a period.
d. Don’t get ____________ of God.
The fastest way to get to where God wants us is to ____________.
e. Don’t try and manufacture ____________.
a. ____________: As Soon As Possible
b. ____________: Pray Until Something Happens
c. ____________: As Long As It Takes
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
d. Our response…John Wesley’s Covenant Prayer
“I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things
to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.”