Make time for what matters most
SETTING THE PACE / Living life with an eternal perspective
Prayer is one of the most important disciplines in the Christian life, but it is often the most neglected. The Bible not only tells us that we should pray, but that we should pray without ceasing. So often, prayer becomes something we run to only when we are desperate, or when we have a serious need. Instead, prayer ought to be as natural to the Christian as the air we breathe. If we are honest, most of us probably do not approach prayer with that kind of attitude. Prayer needs to be a priority in a Christian’s life.
One of the excuses often made for not praying is that we are “too busy.” I hear people say, “I just don’t have time to pray.” People also say the same thing related to studying their Bible, going to church, serving others, etc. We are a people who love to make excuses when it comes to doing spiritual things. The question is, “Why would we excuse away that which we should not be able to live without?” In other words, how could prayer, Bible study, worshipping with other believers, and things like these not be a priority to us? The answer? Most simply stated, those things simply are not priorities in our life.
As I have been thinking about what my priorities are, I am quickly reminded that priorities are connected to purpose. When I am connected to my purpose, my priorities seem to fall right into place. What is a Christian’s purpose in life? You could answer this question in many different ways, but the ultimate purpose for all Christians is to glorify God and to live for things that have eternal value. As the header of my column states: Living Life with an Eternal Perspective. The way we stay eternally focused in this temporary world is by renewing our minds with God’s truth in Bible study, prayer, and obedience. When we understand our purpose, we are most apt to prioritize our life in order to accomplish our purpose.
The one thing all human beings have the exact same amount of is time. Now, I am not talking about when we die, for we all die at different times. I am talking about the fact that we all have 24 hours in a day. No one gets 25 hours, or 23 hours. We all get the same amount of time each and every day. The truth is, while we may have the same amount of time, we all use the time given very differently. Some men will spend countless hours watching football or hunting. Some families will spend hours running from one event to the next. Some people will spend countless hours at work. The truth is, we do have time for spiritual things, but we simply must make them a priority. Each of us needs to look at the day we are given and do two things: 1. Remember that our purpose is to glorify God, and 2. Prioritize our lives in such a way as to accomplish that purpose. Again, priorities tend to fall into place when God’s purpose for our lives is in the driver’s seat.
As you live your life today, think about what matters the most to you. If you are Christian, glorifying God should be at the top of the list. How much time have you spent reading the Bible today? How much have you talked with Him in prayer? How many people have you told about Him? Look at your day and connect with God’s purpose for your life, and then watch how He will lead you to have the right priorities. As Colossian 3:17 says, “And whatever you do in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” See you next week! ›
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