The Barrier of Time
Even when we do want to get involved, we find ourselves busier than ever. This is when we need to recall that our perspective shapes our priorities, and that our priorities shape our practice. If we wish to store up treasures in heaven, we must “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33) and trust God to energize our activities.
The Bible frequently reminds us of the brevity of our time on earth and of our need to invest this resource in the best possible way. “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16; also see Psalm 90:12; Ecclesiastes 8:5; Colossians 4:5; James 4:14-17).
Jesus was never in a hurry to do the will of His Father, and yet He had time to complete the task for which He had come. “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do” (John 17:4). We also have been given enough time to accomplish God’s purposes for our lives.
If we carefully examined the way we invest the 168 hours we have been allotted each week by charting our activities in 15-minute blocks, we would probably pinpoint a significant amount of wasted time, cluttered agendas, and excessive commitments.
We need to revisit our schedule in light of biblical priorities to see how well it reflects the important things like time with family and with Christian and non-Christian friends. If we are not cultivating an eternal perspective, our priorities and practice inevitably will be distorted.
Taken from Ken Boa’s Handbook to Spiritual Growth
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