Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have a video that relates to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Using Your Time For God”. It is 4 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing. Josh Mors will be assisting as well with guest commentary.
“You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.”
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.”
I have learned a few tricks to help me beat the clock. They may be helpful to you.
I realize that all my time is God’s time and all my time is my time by His delegation. God owns me and my time. Yet, He has given me a measure of time over which I am a steward. I can commit that time to work for other people, visit other people, etc., but it is time for which I must give an account.
Time can be redeemed by concentration and focus. One of the greatest wastes of time occurs in the human mind. Our hands may be busy but our minds idle. Likewise, our hands may be idle while our minds are busy. Woolgathering, daydreaming, and indulging in frivolous fantasy are ways in which thoughts may be wasted in real time. To focus our minds on the task at hand—with fierce concentration—makes for productive use of time.
The mind can redeem valuable time taken up by ordinary or mechanical functions. For example, the mechanics of taking a shower are not difficult. In this setting, the mind is free for problem solving, creative thinking, or the composition of themes. Many of my messages and lectures are germinated in the shower. When I used to play a lot of golf, I found that the time I had between shots was a great time for composing messages in my mind.
What tends to slip my mind when I am doing something stupid or blowing off God, is how I will be held accountable. Yes, Jesus came and died for our sins. We will still be held accountable for how we lived on earth. If you think you will be rewarded in heaven after doing whatever you felt like doing on earth then you are sorely mistaken. 2 Corinthians 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”
Time spent with God is important in our relationship with Him. God gives us time every day and we ought to use the time that God has given to us. There are many ways on how we can spend time with God. One way, I like to spend time with God is praying. I pray before I go places for God to protect not only myself, but my family as well. Even when I’m at school, and I’m walking to my next class, I talk to God in my head. He is always on my mind. In Romans 8:4 it says “For they that are after the flesh mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.”
People in our society often think of things that don’t associate too much on the Spirit. Mostly of the flesh, or our sinful nature that we have had as Christians but now have changed because God changed us to becoming a better person. It doesn’t really benefit us in the end if are mind is after sin. That’s why we must guard our mind, and think of thoughts that are of the Spirit.