Wasting Time

By: Pastor Jarren Rogers

“When you kill time, remember that it has no resurrection.” – A.W. Tozer

How are you spending your time?

For a world that never seems to have enough time, I feel like we waste a lot of it.

It seems like we are always busy doing things that are ineffective, running after things that won’t satisfy us, or laying around trying to burn time until something appears that captivates us for a short while before we once again stumble down the steep slope into discontentment.

What if I told you that our time is a gift from God? Every second, every breath is because of God’s grace.

Would you spend your time differently?

Don’t get me wrong. I’m as guilty of wasting time as the next person. But, we need to begin thinking of our time as something that is not our own but is God’s to use as He pleases.

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps” (Proverbs 16:9).

Sometimes I’m afraid we get so busy or maybe even so bored that we fail to realize how God is directing our steps.

You may have experienced this:

You’re in a hurry. You’re late for a meeting or for work. Maybe you’ve got to get to the post office before it closes.

It seems to be in instances like these that God places someone in your path that needs to be shown His love.

Maybe it’s someone you see at the gas station that you’ve not seen at church for a long time. Or maybe it’s a phone call from your friend who you know is going through a hard time right now. Maybe it’s an elderly lady who needs help carrying groceries into her house.

Whatever it might be, you have a choice in that moment: Do I set my own course or allow God to direct my steps?

Your time is a gift because of the grace that God has shed on you.

Will you use it for His glory and for the benefit of His Kingdom?

Or will you waste it?

Parents: Ask your children how they spend their time. Read them this Bible verse from Proverbs and ask them what they think it means. Explain to them how it’s easy to overlook someone who needs God’s love when we’re busy.

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