If I Only Had More…?

October 7, 2000

Colossians 1:16 – For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him. (KJV)

If I only had more time! How many times have you said or heard that said? As I sat here today pondering and searching for something to write about, I suddenly realized I was almost out of time. I even considered putting off writing a devotional this week because I just didn't have the time. That is when it came to me what my topic should be.

I was reminded of a recent testimony given at my church. My church has a Tuesday night visitation/witnessing programme, which I am a part of, known as "FAITH". And for the past several Sundays different participants have been giving their personal testimonies as to how the programme had affected their lives and why other members should give it a try. The gentleman who spoke this past week had a particularly compelling testimony as he shared what brought him into the "FAITH" ministry. He had really felt that after taking on a new job as a teacher, and needing to complete hours of course work to be re-certified, that he just would not have the time to participate in the program. But after praying about it, God revealed to him that He (God) was the creator of time, and that if he would be faithful to God in serving in this ministry, God would make the time for him. As you probably have guessed, he did participate, and the time was always there.

Time is one of the "invisible" things mentioned in today's scripture that God has created. So often we make the excuse that we cannot serve God because we do not have the time. We often even fail to pray just because we do not have the time — when, in reality, that is when we most need to pray. For Colossians 1:16 does not just tell us that all things (including time) were created by Him, but that all things (including time) were created for Him. When we feel so rushed and pushed to be somewhere, we need take just a moment to offer up our daily schedule to God in prayer. If we are faithful to serve him, as the gentleman showed, He will be faithful to provide us the time.

There are always going to be things in our lives that consume our time, and we are never going to be able to give enough time to all of those things. But we should never borrow from our time with God in order to give time to other things in our life. Many of us have little problem with tithing of our income, but how many of us can say we tithe of our time? Is God not worth a mere ten percent of our time? Not counting time spent sleeping, there are approximately 15-16 hours in a day. Do we devote one and one-half hours to God?

Prayer: Dear Father, we give You praise and honour for Your wonderful creation. We realize that the time that we have was also created by You. Help us to commit ourselves to being faithful to You. Provide us with the time we need so that we might uphold that commitment. Amen.

About the author:

Chad Janey
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

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