Time....we waste so much of it. How many hours a day do we waste in traffic? How many minutes an hour do we waste day dreaming? How much time in a day do we spend seeking His face? In today's world, "time is of the essence." What is that supposed to mean? We hear it all the time on TV and video games, but what does this mean exactly? Here is the dictionary definition for it:
A phrase in a contract that means that performance by one party at or within the period specified in the contract is necessary to enable that party to require performance by the other party.
I read a devotional today on the go, which was ironic because of the subject matter in this devotional. The devotional was specifically looking at Jesus and how He was sure to always tap into His power source for energy, for assurance, for thanksgiving, for everything. Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, who walked on earth and was the only person to have ever lived to be perfect, would make it a daily necessity to seek His Father in prayer. If we read the gospels, we see that this Man had no time! He was constantly going from town to town, person to person, healing, rebuking, casting out demons, turning water to wine, you name it. Yet in His schedule, which was busier than ours will ever be, He found time to seek His Father. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” (Mark 1:35). “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (Luke 5:16).
The irony was that when I read the devo, I was in a rush. I was late to class because I wasted time at home laying in bed doing nothing. There I sat, in a hurry and telling myself I had no time do read my devotional and it was all about making time for the most important thing we need to be doing. Imagine going a week without water....you wouldn't make it three days according to some studies. We make time to drink water and eat food, yet we sometimes forget to make time for a sip of the living water.
If Jesus had a schedule filled with things to do, yet found time to seek His source of power, then we have no excuse when we put off prayer. Prayer is a powerful tool. With prayer, if you seek God and His will, He will answer. May not always be what we want to hear, but He'll answer. We just need to take the time to ask.
Time is of the essence. When we accepted our Lord and Savior in our hearts, with Him we accepted His call to us. To preach the word to everyone who needs it, to seek His face in all things. It was part of the unbreakable contract we made with Him when we were saved, no clause for losing salvation, no clause for sinning to much, it was an unbreakable, eternally binding decision.
So now take the definition of "time is of the essence" and apply it to your walk. The contract is what I just described, the given time period, your life, the other party, Jesus. He wants to do amazing things for us in our lives, however, we first must seek Him and let Him do His will. When we do that, and we realize that all we really require is Him, then the rest is "meaningless" like Paul says.
So now I'll ask you again, how much time do you waste? When I say waste, I mean time spent not seeking Him. The bible calls us to do all for His glory (1 Cor 10:31). I am so far away from this verse it isn't even funny. We'll never be able to reach the status that Jesus did, He was perfect, however, we can focus on Him and do all we can to be as much like Him as humanly possible, which is hard, so let's rephrase that, Do all we can to be as much like Him as SPIRITUALLY possible....because my humanity is a prison, and it is what keeps me from being who He wants me to be....
Crayons can melt on me for all I care, because with each tick of time, I'll be ticking away for Him, and I don't care how hott the wax gets, hotter is the fire that burns in me....