The plan for today was to focus on another aspect of life in which God is sovereign, but I keep coming back to the idea of God being King over my time. They say that you can tell a lot about a person based off of how they spend their time. A person that spends a lot of time exercising values exercise. A person that delights in hours of time in an art studio values creating art. A person that devotes their time to reading the Bible and in prayer values a relationship with God.
When it comes to time, I often feel under a pressure cooker. There's a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it. However, I have been challenged by the idea of God being the King of my time. If God is King, then he knows how my time should be wisely stewarded so that I focus on the most important things.
I'm reminded of Martha and Mary and their interaction with Jesus. The record of it is short, but it cuts to the heart. Let's look at it together:
Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10: 38-42)
In this passage, we see that Martha was distracted with serving. She has an opportunity to serve Jesus, and she uses the time that she has been given with him to spend it being anxious and troubled about a number of things. However, her sister Mary makes the most of the time with Jesus by sitting at his feet and listening to his teaching. Jesus tells Martha as she complains that "one thing is necessary," and he goes on to say that Mary chose what was best and necessary.
The necessary thing is spending time at Jesus' feet. In a modern context, this looks like spending time with Jesus through reading God's Word and prayer. Jesus tells Martha that there is only one necessary thing, and that same thing is the only necessary thing to this day.
At the end of my life on earth, I won't regret not spending more time on Instagram or cleaning or blogging. What I will regret is not spending enough time getting to know my King and growing in my relationship with Him before I meet Him face to face.
When it comes to stewarding the time given to me by the King, there is only one necessary thing, and it's sitting at the feet of Jesus and listening to his teaching.
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