Stewardship of time

time-management“Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”         Psalm 90:12 (NIV)

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When we first think about the issue of stewardship of our time, often our first response is to think we have to carve out some portion of our time for Christian ministry.

While this is true to some extent, we rarely think about an alternative way to use our time for the Lord…simply being available.

For instance, let’s take a look at the example of Peter at the end of Acts 9. He’s one of the main leaders of the rapidly growing church and the person who preached to the 3000 in Acts 2.

Add to that the fact that he has just raised a woman named Tabitha from the dead. In today’s world, someone with Peter’s credentials would have an extensive travel schedule planned out several months in advance.

They would be unavailable.

Instead, what was Peter doing?

He was hanging out in Joppa at the home of a tanner.

He had no plans…no agenda…no calendar for upcoming speaking engagements. If you asked Peter what his next step was…he probably didn’t know!

Peter was available…

He was available to answer the call to take the Gospel to the gentiles by witnessing to Cornelius in Acts 10.

Peter was available because he was following the gentle leading of the Holy Spirit, not his own inner drives for achievement and accomplishing works.

Availability requires two things…unscheduled time and a realization that all our time belongs to God.

A time use survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics finds that the average American spends over 5 hours a day in some form of leisure such as sports or TV viewing. Our leisure “activities” have taken on such importance that we are less “available” than we might otherwise be.

Those in the healthcare profession are even less available because they are working on average more than 50 hours/week.

No doubt Peter was chosen for the mission with Cornelius because of his role in the church. But he wouldn’t have been able to make the 2-day trip had he not been available.

As you think about being a steward of your time, remember to try and leave time to simply be available for God’s unexpected plan.

Prayer: Lord, help me keep my schedule flexible so that I can be available for Your plans.

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