In our fast paced, highly connected, interactive society, it seems the one thing we never have enough of is time. Time is one precious commodity for most of us. There seems to always be some project, person, or event that is vying or demanding some of our time.
Try as hard as we may, we just cannot create more time in a 24-hour day. We would all agree that time is valuable. My 82 year old father is at that point of telling stories from 60 or 70 years ago, stories that are very important to pass on to my generation. As he tells the stories, it is as if they happened yesterday with very graphic and vivid details. He is a living illustration to me of how quickly time passes.
A phrase in the devotional book Jesus Calling from January 25th struck me so hard that I can’t get it out of my mind: “Bring me the sacrifice of your time.” Could it be that one of our greatest sacrifices to God today would be time? We need to take the time to be still in His presence, time to put all the projects, meetings and planning aside and offer our God portions of time, time which by the way, He gave us.
Most of those of us in ministry get the fact that all of our resources belong to Him and we give our tithes and offerings, but have we allowed ourselves to be so caught up in the “doing” of ministry that we are not offering the sacrifice of time spent in His presence?
David said, “I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” When we offer the sacrifice of time with God we might be surprised how much more time we have.