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 will relate to the daily 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.
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”
“My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!”
1 Corinthians 7:29
“This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none,”
When I was a child in elementary school, people often asked me, “What is your favorite subject?” Invariably my response was one of two things. I either said, “recess” or “gym.” My answer revealed my deepest predilections. I preferred play to work. Indeed, my nascent philosophical musing regarding the cosmic “Why?” questions took place as I made a game of walking to school via tiptoeing along a long path, pretending I was a high-wire walker in a circus.
I asked myself the meaning of life wherein I had to spend five days a week doing what I didn’t want to do just so I could play on the weekends. I was always at the schoolyard a full hour before school began—not out of a zeal for getting a head start on my studies, but so I could “redeem” the daily grind by having an hour’s worth of fun on the playground before the school bell rang. For me, time redemption meant rescuing precious minutes of play from the required hours of work.
I’ve come to realize that when the apostle Paul exhorted his readers to “[redeem] the time, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:16), my practices are not exactly what he had in mind. His was a solemn call to the productive use of one’s time in the labor of Christ’s kingdom.
Do you use your time productively for the kingdom of God?
I think I will enjoy this series a lot. The age old question for us geeks usually pertains to how we spend our off time away from work. I don’t know about you, but I feel as if I wasted a day if I did nothing to further the Kingdom of God. Whether that is growing as a Christian, writing an article for Geeks Under Grace, helping someone with their problems using my knowledge as a Christ follower, etc etc. God set the standard in the beginning of time by spending six days to work and then the final day to rest. To me, He was setting the example as all good parents do.
Some things I have done in the past year to get my eyes on God and not distractions is…
1. Downgrade from a smart phone to a flip phone. I always had my eyes staring at my smart phone. It was a complete time waster.
2. Sold my PS4. It would cause me to spend all day playing online shooters and miss church. I needed to move on.
3. Break up with the girl who I knew I wasn’t going to marry. No need to date just to be in a relationship.
(By the way, I thought the comedic video today would bring a light hearted approach to the subject)
In our everyday walk with Christ, how efficiently do you use your time? Do you use your time productively or do you just waste time? In our walk with Christ we must use our time productively because our time is limited on this earth. God knows the exact day, year, and time when we will die someday and we have to prepare for that. Someone might die slowly from a sickness and another person might die without them knowing that it was going to hit them. We will be judged in Heaven for what we’ve done on this earth. I think one of the things we will be judged on this earth is how productively we used our time for God.
I know in this life there are a lot of distractions in this world that keep us from using our time effectively for God. A common distraction, I see is technology. Don’t get me wrong, but I love technology it’s a good thing! But too much of a good thing can be bad if we spend too much time on it. Before, I got really busy with my church, I wasn’t been productive. I would spend a lot of time playing video games, or watching anime. Especially on the weekends because that was the only way I could play a lot due to me being busy with school. Now my scheduled is flooded every week because I’m a small group leader for middle school youth group, and I also am a part of the tech team at my church that has services on Wednesday. Basically I go to church Sunday through Wednesday. Which leaves me Thursday thru Saturday are my free days which sometimes, I don’t use a lot of it effectively. One thing that I’m going to be doing this year is using my time for God and try to get deeper in my relationship with Him because He wants us to spend time with Him and for us to fall in love with Him.