I explain the importance of preparation for ministry. Specifically, time management is emphasized.
You can't prepare a sermon in five minutes -- well, not usually!
Effective sermons may take days to prepare -- if not weeks or even years of preparation.
We have only so much time in a day and we are admonished from Scripture to use it wisely (as you highlighted in your posting). These are important principles. But why are they so important? Why is it so critical to use our time wisely? Why must we redeem the time and consider our days?
We live in an evil world, in the midst of a crooked, perverse, and profane society and nation. It will have its negative effects unless we are actively striving against it. When all is said and done, what is really worthwhile? Is it not all of the things that lead to eternal life? Everything else is just not that important. I like what Sha'ul wrote in Hebrews 12:25-29. The only things that will remain are what cannot be shaken. Everything I can see with my eye can be shaken (even the earth itself!), but what my eye can't see, that cannot be shaken. My eye cannot see the spirit and the work of the spirit, for that is in the heart and mind of man. This should be our focus in our lives on earth. Everything else we engage in will be ...
This job affirms preparation for ministry.