Ephesians 5:15-17 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

I would like to preach a sermon, on how to make the most of the time. The problem is, that before you can preach about how to make the most of the time, you must make the case for why make the most of the time.

So, Why make the most of the time? Time is the one thing that canít be bought, canít be saved, and there will never be more time, than what you have now. You see, our days are allotted, God knows how many, and thatís all there are Ė and there is nothing that can change this.

While there are many reasons why one should make the most of the time, perhaps the best reason, is because God tells us so. And how to make the most of the time, is why one needs wisdom. Knowledge tells you stuff, and it is important Ė but wisdom tells you how to use knowledge profitably. Wisdom tells you how to make the most of time Ė wisdom teaches us what the will of the Lord is Ė and that is why the source of our wisdom is the Word of God, the Bible.

There are many people who study the Bible all their lives, and as much as they learn, the one thing they come to know, is that they will never know it all Ė and as important as that is, even if they did know it all, it wouldnít do much good, if you didnít have the wisdom to put that knowledge to good use. So, when it comes to teaching, we make use of the catechism, something that was written as a summary of the chief parts of the Christian faith, and written with as a manual as how the head of the household should teach his family about faith in Christ. You see, the command of God is that fathers should bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord {Ephesians 6:4}. The catechism was written to help fathers perform this duty. What is in the catechism? The Ten Commandments, Apostles Creed, Lordís Prayer, Confession and Absolution, Lordís Supper, and Baptism. And they are designed to be learned by repetition, until you know them by heart. You learn them by heart, because this discipline trains us in the way of wisdom, and provides us with the knowledge so that we might know what the will of the Lord is.

For example, if you know the commandments Ė you can know that if something is against one or more of the commandments, it simply isnít Godís will. So when you are fishing, and the fish are biting good, and you are having a marvelous time Ė when you catch your limit, you stop Ė you stop because on the one hand taking more is stealing, and it is also not obeying the authorities, and it is coveting, and it is having another God. If you know the commandments, you can have a good handle on determining Godís will in many situations.

The catechism, is only a brief summary of the chief doctrines in the Bible, which is why we study the Bible Ė it is the Bread of Life. Rich food the nourishes the soul.

So, how do you keep it with you? How can you really pray without ceasing? That is why we have the hymns, our portable wisdom, we can carry with us, whether we can carry a tune or not.

How do you make the most of the time?

Ephesians 5:19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart,