When you think of something valuable, what comes to mind first? Most would see dollar bills, jewelry, or maybe some other asset; however, the most valuable asset that you have, is your time. You cannot add one minute to the end of a day, no matter how large your bank account grows. We tend to waste these moments with abandon, like we can never run out. While we are throwing hours away, we forget the one who gives us each and every second.
Many people focus on tangibles when they think of God. They focus on giving finances or getting physical health, but what about time? Tithe is a command and offerings are a blessing, but why not also give God your time? When is the last time you volunteered for a function that gave back to God? Have you fed the hungry or gave medicine to the sick?
How to Stay Devoted Out of the Spotlight
- Study. II Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God…” Devote yourself to moments alone in God’s Word. Don’t just read like any other book, but read to learn. Take a few extra moments to pick out pieces that you have not seen before and ask questions if there are things you don’t understand. Everest isn’t climbed in a day. Adventurers must go up the mountain in increments and let their lungs grow to the new challenge. The same is true with studying scripture. It’s a journey, as much as a destination.
- Prayer. Matthew 6:5 says, “And when you pray…” Later in this chapter we learn the Lord’s Prayer, but it starts with when. Prayer is an integral part of the faith. It is difficult to grow any relationship without communication, yet many people talk to themselves more than their God. Take time to just let God know that you love Him and are thinking about Him. It doesn’t take long to say, “I love you.”
- Fasting. Matthew 6:16 says, “Moreover when you fast…” Fasting is expected, it’s just a part of being a Christian. It is difficult to put aside food (whether all or part) for any period of time. You have to devote this time to God and stay true, otherwise the hamburgers start to look great. If you simply see it through, “… your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:18)
God is our Strength and our Shield. He helps when we can’t help ourselves and leads our way when we are lost. Giving to God should be a joy, but often we see it as a burden. We look to all the things we can’t have and lose sight of the better things that are in our hands and hearts. Time is precious, above all things money could buy. We need to make sure to set aside time for God, and be devoted to the moment.