Making the Most of Our Time
Every minute of every day is either wasted or invested. Since the Bible contains over 400 verses about time, we can safely say that time management is important to God. In fact, it is a spiritual discipline that helps the growth and maturity of our faith. One of the most valuable investments we can make is spending time in solitude with God.
An African proverb states, “Lord Jesus, make my heart sit down.” Solitude is intentionally setting aside time to “sit down” at the feet of Jesus. It is in those still, quiet moments of solitude at His feet that we can more clearly hear God speak and gain strength and wisdom for our journey.
We must learn to budget the time given us so that we can practice solitude. Every morning we are given the precious gift of 86,400 seconds. No balance can be carried into the next day. If we use it in the wrong way, that time is lost forever and cannot be reclaimed. Time that is not wisely budgeted may be stolen by others or wasted on the unimportant and can even lead to our spiritual weakness.
One of the best ways to budget time is to first set your priorities. Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us “there is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven.” We either set our own priorities or allow circumstances and other people to set them. The world does not see the need for God as a priority, yet if you profess Jesus as your Lord and savior then He should be your first priority.
There is a right time and a right way to carry out right priorities. Ecclesiastes 8:5-6 warns, “For a wise heart knows the proper time and procedure. For there is a proper time and procedure for every delight.” We must set aside a portion of each day to spend with God in solitude.
One day, each of us will stand before the Father and give an account of how we have invested our time. Today, examine your time management habits in light of eternity. Initiate schedule changes that honor God and give Him first place in your life. Make a new commitment to invest your time wisely both for now and eternity.