God has given us a gift of 86,400 seconds every single day but once it’s gone, it’s gone, you can never get it back and it becomes buried time. It is so important for us, as Christians, to be good stewards of the time God gives us and to make every second count for His glory.
‘Time buriers’ is a term I use to describe the things in life that steal and snatch away our time from us. Every Monday I will be sharing a different ‘time burier’ to avoid and an alternative to replace it with.
Last Monday we looked at the area of procrastination and asked God to be our ‘But first’. You can read part one of Buried Time here.
Proverbs 29:25 Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.
We live in an age where people can become anyone they want to be and the image portrayed can be altered accordingly to suit the audience.
This is very dangerous territory and a deadly trap that pulls people into making false comparisons and expectations that are unattainable.
We then waste time trying to be something that we are not, rather than embracing who God has called us to be.
How do we know when people are being genuine then? The word of God says we should test these spirits (1 John 4) on their confession that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Beware of browsing
Ephesians 5:16 making the very most of your time on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence, because the days are filled with evil.
Looking at what others are doing can be a huge time waster and social media is one of the biggest culprits for this.
It’s so easy to become distracted and waste time through mindlessly browsing endless holiday photos or responding to controversial opinions that are really unimportant.
Before you know it, an hour has passed and you are left feeling hollow and unfulfilled.
Be grateful for what God has given you rather than coveting what other people have. A grateful heart always brings about a sense of fulfilment and thankfulness.
Counselling & condolences
Psalm 146:3-4 Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation help. When his spirit leaves him, he returns to the earth; In that very day his thoughts and plans perish.
Where do you put your trust? When things go wrong, who do you run to?
I do believe that God provides us with people in our life that encourage and inspire us. Godly counsel is beneficial but how many times have we ran to a friend before going to God first? I know I have.
We can waste so much time seeking the counsel of people when the revelation we are looking for is found in the word of God or the answer to a problem can only come about through prayer.
No amount of moaning to your friend will change your circumstance, only God can do that and when our focus is NOT on Him our molehill then becomes a huge mountain that continues to get bigger!
Let’s us also use our time wisely by directing people to the Lord instead of attempting to be their counsellor.
Galatians 1:10 Am I now trying to win the favor and approval of men, or of God? Or am I seeking to please someone? If I were still trying to be popular with men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.
One of my natural personality traits is that I have a tendency to be a bit of a ‘people pleaser’. (See post Fearless Faith).
I have come to the conclusion that when we become consumed with pleasing man instead of God we are actually wasting our time.
The things of ‘man’ are futile. perishable and do not last. When we sow our seeds of time into God’s kingdom, we will be sure to reap a great harvest, for the things of God are eternal, worthwhile and last forever.
Let’s not bury our time through ‘people watching’ but instead, use our time wisely for the Lord by focussing on what He is asking us to do. In God’s Kingdom, time is never wasted.
Part 3 of Buried Time will be posted next Monday.
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