“Does anybody really know what time it is?
Does anybody really care?”
Chicago – lyrics by Robert Lamm
Do you ever feel like time is your nemesis?
Do you ever wonder where the time goes? Or when you will have time to do the things that you need to do?
We all have ideas about how we would like to spend our time but are they God’s ideas? The new series One Life started this past Sunday and addressed the subject of time. It was helpful to be reminded that time is a man-made device and that God operates outside of it! He knows the beginning, the middle and the end. He already sees the choices that we will make and how we use our time. The question is will we stop along the way, when messages like this one is presented, and respond differently? Will we look at our lives and determine what we need to drop in order to engage in the things that have eternal significance?
We all want to lead meaningful lives. What better way to do that than to use our time to serve the Kingdom of God? When we have a personal relationship with Christ, we are no longer content to just get by and fill our days with ordinary activities.
If we love Christ then we want to use our time wisely. One of the ways we can do this is to live out our gifting, talents, and personalities in such a manner as to honor God for giving them to us. Are you gifted in your work life? Shine there. Are you talented in your avocation? Serve there. Is your personality such that you bring leadership, laughter, or a servant’s heart to others? Excel in that way. There are ways that we can shine the light of Christ as we go throughout each day making the most of our time. There are periods when we may want to join God in where He is working through opportunities that come our way.
So how do we get it all done?
Maybe we don’t.
Maybe we take a lesson from the story of Mary and Martha which has long been one of the most treasured narratives in the Scripture. Who doesn’t identify with hardworking Martha, frustrated with her captivated sister at the feet of the Lord? And who doesn’t admire the single-minded devotion of Mary?
There are times when we will need to be Martha. Being a good steward of our time and resources is godly. Of course we need to pay bills, clean the house and service the car. Sometimes we will need to rest, or play, or be inspired by the world around us. BUT, we also need to sit at the feet of our Lord and worship Him. We need to draw close to our Heavenly Father and listen to His voice in our lives. When we do that, we will hear His heart for the world. When we see His love for us and for others, we will be compelled to find the time to join Him in his work. Then we will lead lives that matter. Then we will find joy in each day.
Are you willing to find the time?
Do you need more information about the meaning that Christ offers our lives?
To watch the #OneLife series online, visit www.CtKCharlotte.org/Archive