That’s what I’ve been thinking about today.
How I use my time. What I do with my time. Where my time goes. Whether my time counts.
At work it’s easy to plan out.
Because my job involves juggling a quite-a-few different things, I use an online diary to plan my day out in 30 minutes blocks. That sounds crazy, but it’s not really. And often, the 30 minute blocks merge together to form a meeting or a training course or a period-of-time-trying-to-tackle-an-insurmountable-pile-of-admin.
But it means I know where my time goes. It makes it easier to make the most of it. To be productive.
(And it indulges my geekishly-organised-nature…)
But today I’ve been thinking about how precious my time is to God.
Because it really is.
And as I continue to tithe my time to God each day, it’s meaning that I realise this in a deeper way.
Time with me is precious to Him.
Isaiah 55 declares, “Hey there! All who are thirsty, come to the water! Are you penniless? Come anyway – buy and eat! Come, buy you drinks, buy wine and milk. Buy without money – everything’s free! Why do you spend your money on junk food, your hard-earned cash on cotton candy? Listen of me, listen well: Eat only the best, fill yourself with only the finest. Pay attention, come close now, listen carefully to my life-giving, life-nourishing words. I’m making a lasting covenant commitment to you, the same that I made with David: sure, solid, enduring love.”
How do we buy without money? How do we invest in the Living Water He promises?
Giving Him our time.
What does it mean to eat only the best? To fill ourselves with the finest?
Giving our time to the things that please His heart.
It means saying no to the things that distract, the things that pull our gaze from Him, and the things that fill our hearts.
It means giving Him the space in those points in the day where our mind could just be drifting to a hundred other things.
Hearing Him say, ‘Come away with me’, and responding ‘Yes’!
It means giving Him the time to buy gold.
Revelation 3 v 18: “Here’s what I want you to do: Buy your gold from me, gold that’s been through the refiner’s fire. Then you’ll be rich.“