If we could only see a glimpse of His glory…

As the years go by, I find myself more in awe of how quickly that time seems to fly forward. I try to spend time doing things that are worth it and yet I still struggle to really know with deep conviction that I’ve honored God with the way I’m spending it. Somehow I glorify those in full-time ministry or missions work and then look upon myself and my efforts as futile.

Still, that can’t really be what God wants for His people. I believe that He wants us to really consider the way we appropriate our time, but I’m also convinced that He doesn’t want us to feel defeated about it. There are certainly stages in life when our kingdom work might seem pretty insignificant in our eyes, yet it may be what the Lord has called us to do for a season. Additionally, it is helpful to be reminded that there is not a great divide in God’s economy between sacred and secular work.  Students, businesspeople, salespeople, homemakers, among others can all work faithfully as unto the Lord.

Here is a snippet of the verses that came to my mind this morning as I was reflecting on the brief time we have been given on earth and the whole host of opportunities that noisily compete for our attention.

“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom…Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!” Psalm 90: 12, 16-17

I was also reminded of Chris Rice’s song, “Life Means So Much.”

We need a fresh glimpse of His glory from time to time to put all these things in our lives into perspective. Oh, that we would see and experience the power and presence of our God more and that it would shape our lives in accordance with His kingdom plans!

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Time & submission

Submission is key in establishing priorities. There are some things that we want to do or that are important to us that are not part of God’s plan in this particular season. Being willing to surrender our agendas and take up what He has asked us to do will help ease the burden of too many things to do.

Sometimes it is our desire to fit something in that needs to wait and there may be other things that we are simply not equipped or appointed to do, even though we’d like to be doing them. It can be easy at times to think of submission as drudgery, but it actually sets us free when we do it with a pure heart.

Boundaries help us to know what we have to work with. We are living in a society that sends the message that we should be able to do whatever we want. This is contrary to how we were designed. We were made with limitations, strengths, weaknesses, and differences. The Body of Christ is supposed to work together. We need one another. We are not supposed to function each as separate entities, completely independent of one another.

Stewardship of free time

Next, there are a lot of choices that need to be made about your “free time” because there will always be more invitations to come or to help than you have hours in the week available. Friends, we need to identify priorities and revisit them often because seasons change.

What does it take for you to be a student?

How much time, energy, and preparation must you allot to this role each week?

What type of effort do you have to put forth?

I would even suggest that you map our your time for at least a week just to see how you are using time and recognize what things you are giving high priority to by way of the time you invest in them.

Take a look at your finances. What does your credit card bill, your debit card, or your checkbook say about what you prioritize?

Does your use of time and money reflect the priorities that you want it to? Is anything misaligned or absent? Is there anything that you spend too much time on? Too little time?

It is essential that you make time for daily bible study and prayer, regular exercise, and engaging in activities that help you to refuel at least once or twice a week. Are these things adequately represented in your week?