What if someone promised to deposit $86,400.00 into your bank account each day? You would ask for the catch. The catch is, all money , left over at the end of the day would be lost. But remember, the next day, another $86,400.00 would be deposited again. Would you try to spend the entire amount each day in order to keep from losing any of it?
Actually, this does happen to everyone each day…sort of. Every 24 hour period contains 86,400 seconds of time and time is a priceless commodity. The time you do not invest wisely each day is gone forever.
How much time do you spend with God each day? We must not only make the time, but it must be quality time in the presence of God. Real prayer takes time. Reading the bible and waiting for God to speak from His word requires time. In this fast paced modern world, it is all too easy to never have enough time in important areas of life. Family time often suffers, and personal relaxation away from stress and cares of life is often non-existent.
As always, the bible has a word and example to follow. Paul himself is a good example to follow. He worked full time in the ministry and supported himself by making tents. A study of his life and missionary journeys will reveal that he was extremely busy with little time to spare, yet he stayed in communion with God. Personal time with God ranked high on his list of priorities. His fellowship with God helps explain his positive attitude in suffering and his tireless determination to press toward the mark. He received strength by consistently spending time with God for renewing and refreshing.
Perhaps William Longstaff said it best with these well known words:
Take time to be holy,
The world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret
With Jesus alone;
By looking to Jesus,
Like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct
His likeness shall see.
oseph Harris is the Vice President of Southeastern Baptist College in Laurel, MS. (This article may be reprinted in whole, as long as the name Joseph Harris and http://www.miniedition.net also appear).