Each day is made up of 86,400 seconds. How we choose to spend that time reflects what matters most; it reflects our priorities.
If you were to keep a sort of backwards calendar for the week; tracking each day how you spent your time, which activities would have the larger deposits? Who benefits most from how your time is spent? And, what do you think your deposits of time would say about your priorities?When we treat our time as if it were our own, and not something to be managed for God, it's easy to confuse our priorities. #WhatMattersMost Click To Tweet
Do You Know What Matters Most?
If you spent any time while growing up in church, you know the joke that the answer to any question is either God, Jesus, or the Bible. It turns out though, that there is a lot wisdom to the old joke. What if the answer to what matters most, is indeed God, Jesus, and the Bible?
When it comes to our life priorities and deciphering what they should be, Jesus makes it clear. He tells us in the book of Matthew 6|33:
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Later, when asked which is the greatest commandment, Jesus replied in Matthew 22|37:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your strength and with all your mind.
We find that here in the book of Matthew, Jesus’ instruction is consistent with what God’s timeless word shares in the Old Testament, in Ecclesiastes 12|13:
Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God
and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.
And, in the book of Micah 6|8, this reminder to the people of Israel, is a suitable reminder for another community of wayward believers.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
I’m not sure how you chose to spend your time last week or last month; nor do I know which activities consume far too much of your attention. However, I do know that today is a new day; yours free to invest in as you see fit. You woke up this morning with the same number of seconds as you did yesterday.
But, today, you have a second chance.
You have the opportunity to invest your time differently. What and who will you invest it in?
Think back to the verses you read earlier. What if you decided to treat your time as though you were managing it for Jesus? What if your allocations of the day’s minutes and seconds had less to do with you and more to do with Him and His Kingdom?
Friend, I pray that today you would keep track of each one of those 86,400 seconds.
They are fleeting and finite.
They are what makes that which matters most possible.