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Factory Reset – Part 2 [Stewarding time, talents and energy]

“FACTORY RESET – Pt. 2”

[Stewarding time, talents and energy]

INTRO: Sometimes when life isn’t working as it should, we may need a factory reset to restore life’s settings to the manufacturer’s original specifications – especially the ownership setting. Is your life yours or God’s (1Cor. 6:19-20; Ps. 24:1). If we change that spec to our life is our own, life quits working like it’s supposed to and we may need a factory reset (“repentance”). We are stewards rather than owners (1Cor. 4:1-2). We’ve been entrusted time, abilities and money to steward for God. In this message, we’re going to focus primarily on stewarding time (Col. 4:5) and abilities.

  1. What does it mean to redeem the time (Eph. 5:16)?
    1. To make the best possible use of time.
    2. To use it as though you bought it back.
    3. To use it however God wants you to use it.
  2. How does God want you to use time?
    1. Accept the fact that it’s His time and not yours (Col. 1:16-18; Matt. 6:33).
  3. What are the characteristics of Christ’s preeminence in our stewardship of time? Obedience, which is the main expression of love for God (Mk. 12:30; Jn. 14:15).
    1. Honor God the first part of each day by spending time with Him through His Word and prayer (Jn. 8:31; Lk. 10:38-42; 8:14).
      • Can Christ really be 1st if we don’t actually put Him 1st?
    2. Honor God the first part of each week by gathering for worship with your church family (Lk. 4:16; Heb. 10:24-25).
      • We can’t obey the “one another” Scriptures without being with “one another”!
    3. Honor God by using the abilities He’s given you to serve others (Matt. 20:28; 1Pet. 4:10; Eph. 4:11-12; Matt.  28:18-20).

CONCLUSION: Are you stewarding the time and abilities God has entrusted to you like your life is yours or God’s?

Do you need a factory reset (Lk. 14:27, 33)?