Being Good Stewards Of Our Time

May 4, 2013

Being Good Stewards of Our Time

            Some are stingy with their money; others with their time.  Some are stingy with both.  I want to direct a few thoughts to those who are selfish with their time.

Not everyone has the same amount of money, but all of us have the same amount of time.  If we aren’t careful, we will spend most of our time just doing what we find pleasure in doing.  It shouldn’t be a surprise to know that an unbeliever doesn’t have time for God, but a believer should have some time for God.  It’s unfortunate that many give so little time to God.  They find time for other things they want to do, but when it comes to the things of God, too often they say, “I just don’t have time.”

It’s easy to say that we love God, but if we measure our love for him by the amount of time we give to him, we might be ashamed.  If a young man says he loves his girlfriend, but only finds an hour a week to spend with her, she will most likely say, “Don’t bother to come back again.”

It seems like there is an increasing number of people who only spend an hour a week in church.  (If that’s all your church offers you, maybe you need to look for a church that takes the preaching and teaching of God’s Word more seriously.)   Some people don’t even spend an hour a week in church.  Don’t you think God deserves more?  Even for your own spiritual wellbeing, you need more.

For the unsaved, as well as the backslidden Christian, there will always be excuses that,   to them, seem to be legitimate for not being in church.  Some suggestions that are often used are:

“There are too many hypocrites in the church.”

“Sunday is the only day of the week I have to rest and do things around the house.”

“There aren’t any others my age in the church.”

“Every time I go to church the preacher directs his message at me.”

Such excuses are not valid in the eyes of God.

If our relationship with the Lord is what it should be, we will be willing to lay aside other things and go to church.  Most genuine Christians look forward to being in church.  For them, it’s a privilege; not an obligation.

There is a tremendous promise in Luke 6:38.  “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” That doesn’t just include money.    He always gives back more than we can give to him.

It isn’t God’s will that we be slaves to time.  We shouldn’t be slaves to anything.  God wants us to give willingly what we give to him.  If going to church, or anything you do for God, is an obligation or a burden, you need to search your heart.  II Corinthians 9:7 tells us that God loves a cheerful giver.  “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”

Seeking and submitting to the will of God is an integral part of genuine Christian living.  It’s not just for us to choose something we would like to do for God.  It is rather a matter of us seeking and doing his will.  If we give God priority, we will find time to do what he asks of us.  Sometimes we find it necessary to eliminate some things from our schedule to have time for that which should have priority.  Sometimes we just need to learn how to do things faster.  That’s what Paul spoke of when he talked about “redeeming the time.  “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time” (Colossians 4:5).

If you don’t have time for God, perhaps you need to stop and ask yourself; who is God?  Isn’t he deserving of more of my time?  Could it be that I’m giving too much priority to my pleasures and preferences? Am I denying myself the spiritual nourishment I need?  Could it be that I’m not a genuine believer?

The Bible says, in Galatians 6:7-8, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.   For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”  It takes time to sow.  If we sow to the Spirit we will go on reaping for all eternity.  If you realize that you haven’t given God all the time he deserves, you need to repent and ask his forgiveness.  He will forgive.

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