When approached with an opportunity for ministry, many Christians turn down the invitation with the worn out excuse, “I don’t have time.” The truth is – we all have the time. Every person on the planet has 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week. The question is how we choose to spend it.
To make wise use of our time requires the 3 D’s –
I can never put the important things first until I know what they are. I must decide what matters most. I must prayerfully land on the non-negotiable priorities of life. Otherwise, my time will be drained away by the urgent rather than the important.
Once I have decided on my life priorities, I must then discern what activities and opportunities to say “yes” to and which ones to say “no” based on those priorities.
Having decided on my priorities, and having discerned the appropriate activities based on those priorities, I then need the discipline to live it out.
As believers, our priorities should be based on the Word of God. That goes without question. If the Bible says something is important, then we should embrace it as a priority of life. We should then sacrifice lesser things for the things that really count.
The day is coming when we are all going to stand before the Lord and give an account for how we used our minutes, hours, and days. Did we use our time wisely or foolishly? Did we fill our calendars with lesser things or with better things? In short, did we do as Paul told the Ephesian believers? Did we redeem our time and spend it according to God’s will? (Eph. 5:16-17)
A sign over a college classroom clock gave this constant reminder to the students. It read, “Time will pass; will you?” Don’t be guilty of giving your time to everything else in life with nothing left for Jesus, His church, and His cause. A million excuses at the Judgment Seat of Christ will never make it right.
Instead, spend your time in such a way that when you stand before Him on Judgment Day you will receive a passing grade.
Pastor Todd Weston