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.
“Remember how short my time is!
For what vanity you have created all the children of man!”
“Sow for yourselves righteousness;
reap steadfast love;
break up your fallow ground,
for it is the time to seek the Lord,
that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.”
“Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come.”
Time is the great leveler. It is the one resource that is allocated in absolute egalitarian terms. Every living person has the same number of hours to use in every day. Busy people are not given a special bonus added on to the hours of the day. The clock plays no favorites.
We all have an equal measure of time in every day. Where we differ from one another is in how we redeem the time allotted. When something is redeemed, it is rescued or purchased from some negative condition. The basic negative condition we are concerned with is the condition of waste. To waste time is to spend it on that which has little or no value.
The late Vince Lombardi introduced the adage, “I never lost a game; I just ran out of time.” This explanation points me to one of the most dramatic elements of sports—the race against the clock. The team that is most productive in the allotted time is the team that wins the game. Of course, in sports, unlike life, there are provisions for calling timeout. The clock in a sports contest can be temporarily halted. But in real life, there are not timeouts.
While we all have the same amount of time in a day, we all don’t have the same priorities. Whether it is a job, video games, prayer, or pretty much anything, whatever is most important to you will end up taking priority. If you can’t make time in a day for the one who created time then why even bother saying you are living life for Him? It clearly isn’t true. This does not mean give up. It means reevaluate how you spend your time. If you say one thing and are doing something else entirely then take a step back.
You have to make time with God. Even if you have a busy schedule you still need to be active with God. If you can go to work or school and have time to do other extra things you don’t necessary need then you need to replace it with time with God. There are many creative ways that you can use your time for God. For example, you could gather your whole family and try to read the Bible together. Take turns on who is reading, and ask questions after the reading is done. This is what my family does whenever we read the Bible together. Jesus says the right thing in Mark 13:33, “Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come.” In context, Christ is saying that no one knows when He is coming back only the Father knows. This year, I’m going to attempt to get in a closer relationship with God, and use my time for Him because I don’t know when God will come back, and surely you the one reading this don’t know as well. The days that I’m not busy with anything and those days are usually Saturday, and Sunday I will read the Bible, and attempt to understand what God is trying to say to me. A lot of what I do in my free time should be using my time for God because in the end all the time I spend with God will add up, and be beneficially to me with what I’m filled up with.