It’s a while since I shared on here but today I thought I’d share a few thoughts I had this morning. (if you’d like to be added to my daily email list please email me firstname.lastname@example.org )
Just sharing some thoughts I had with you today as I thought it might help someone.
I woke early this morning and lay in bed thinking back over yesterday.
It somehow felt unproductive. Although most of the time I’d been busy doing good things I’d also spent the little free time I had in the afternoon browsing the internet looking up different things I wanted to know, then spent some time on social media and as usual it left me feeling unfulfilled and dissatisfied.
As I thought back over yesterday, I thought again of the word God laid on my heart right back at the beginning of the year: ‘redeeming the time, because the days are evil.’ (I shared my thoughts on Jan 1st)
As I lay thinking about this, I thought I know that I need to redeem the time today, to buy it back from the world and give it to God but then I started to think why?
Why do I want to live for God? Is it because I feel that I ‘have to’? Because I don’t want these instructions in the New Testament to become a spiritual to do list and for me to become a slave to the law again, because Christ has set me free from that. But also I love Him so dearly and after all He gave up for me He deserves my time, He deserves my all.
Our why is far more important than what we actually do.
I know that none but Christ can satisfy yet still at times I grasp for those empty things that don’t fill me up but rather leave me feeling empty.
So why do I want to redeem the time, is it because ‘I have to’ or because ‘I get to’?
As I pondered it more I knew that it’s because I’ve proved that the only thing that truly satisfies is Jesus and I love Him and want to live my life for Him but the world distracts and tries to lure me away from spending time with my best Friend.
I want to redeem the time, I want to follow Jesus’ example even if it means denying self, I want to take up my cross however heavy it may feel at times and follow Him, not because I have to but because He died for me and now I get the joy and privilege of choosing to live each moment for Him.
Distractions come every day Friends and we get to choose whether we focus on the things that fill us or those that drain us.
We get to choose who we give out time to, the world or God.
By God’s grace, may love for our worthy, good and gracious God always be our motivation in all things including the decisions we make.
‘Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.’
Eph 5:16, Mark 8:34.