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The War on Time

Jared Starr is a minister at Apostolic Faith Church. One of the many areas that Jared serves is as an assistant youth leader. Jared has a deep passion for the things of God and seeing the Kingdom of God grow.
February 19, 2018

If you truly believe in something then it will drive you to invest in it.  Investment of time is very valuable because time is irreplaceable.  You may earn additional money but you can’t earn additional time on this earth.

I saw a poster saying “Your money is where your heart is” this reminds of “Matthew 6:21, For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”  It makes a person wonder where do I put my time, money, energies, and emotions?  What is the focus of my life?  Have I made God a sideshow in my life or is he the main thing?

    If you truly believe in something then it will drive you to invest in it.  Investment of time is very valuable because time is irreplaceable.  You may earn additional money but you can’t earn additional time on this earth.  Once a child is grown, you can’t go back and invest time in their formative years because time has advanced.  When a loved one advances from the scene to meet their Heavenly reward, no amount of money can bring them back.  You may desire just one more hour of time to invest but you  can’t do it.

    “Matthew 6:33, But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”  The Kingdom of God must be the focus of our life.  What does it profit if a person gains the whole world but loses their own soul?   In addition, what could be accomplished in the Kingdom with a unified and focused body?  A Christian should desire to not simply attain Heaven but to impact their world.

    The nucleus of of a cell is the powerhouse.  It contains the important information and it is essential to all of the cell functions, reproduction, and longevity.  Our heart represents the same thing.  Emotionally and spiritually it is the same thing.  The center of our being and the focus of our life.  If our heart is not focused and programmed with the will of God then we are wasting our time.  We may look the part but leave much to be desired.

    How are we spending the time that God has gifted us on this earth? “Haggai 1:6, Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.” Just like we can waste the money that God provided to us, we can waste the time he has gifted to us.  Am I putting my time in a bag with holes?  Am I wasting the time I have on this earth with earthly pursuits and desires that has no Heavenly significance?

    The poster that I saw was likely a ploy to get someone to donate money to a cause that was of great importance to the visionary.  Yet as I consider the phrase used, a truer statement would be “Your time is where your heart is.”  Because it does not matter how much money or fame you possess.  Each one of us have a date with death that will ultimately claim our life, if the Lord tarries.  Until that day, we must be wise stewards of our time.

    The time for revival is now.  The time for pursuing the Kingdom is now.  Let us purpose in our hearts to press towards revival and to fight for the expansion of the Gospel.  Living for God is a battle and not about fun and games.  Ecclesiastes notes that there is a time for everything.  Living for God is enjoyable and is truly the best life but let us not forget about the hurting people.  If you visited hell, how many would ask for one more chance? On more year, month, day, or even one hour to make their life right with God.  Today we have time so let us spend it wisely.

    This week let us refocus our life and refocus our energies so that they are aligned with the Kingdom.  Strive to serve God completely and allocate your time in such a way that God will be pleased.  Don’t put it in a bag with holes but let the Holy Ghost take the driver’s seat of our life.  With the guidance of Jesus we can successfully navigate life and focus our time on the things that really matter.

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