“Pastor, I really wish I could help out with the (fill in the blank) ministry, but honestly, I don’t have enough time in my week to commit to another thing!”
Have you ever said something like that? I know I have! It is not uncommon for me to feel like there isn’t enough time each week to accomplish everything I need to do. So a few months ago I’d had enough, and decided to do something that was absolutely crazy! What was that? Math! Let me quickly share with you what I discovered.
Did you know there are 168 hours in each week? Now let’s say you sleep an average of 8 hours a night, that leaves you with 112 hours. If you work 50 hours a week, then you would have 62 hours left. Think about that for a second. You have 62 free hours a week!
Have you ever taken an inventory of how you spend those 62 hours? It can be convicting. Ask yourself (and write down) how many of those 62 hours you spend each week with family, reading your Bible, working out, binge watching a show on Netflix, praying, checking social media, hanging out with your community group, serving at church, and more. I did this, and let me share with you; I wasn’t impressed. It was amazing how many of those 62 hours were focused on activities that were self-serving and life-robbing instead of life-giving.
You see, many of us tend to create a financial budget. However, I firmly believe a currency more valuable than money is time! For some reason, it is so much easier to give money to a cause than it is to donate two hours on a Saturday morning. But is that really true? I mean, we do have 62 hours. So why not make a time budget?
Please hear me; God has given each of us enough time in the week to accomplish His will for our lives. In Ephesians 5 v 15–17 we read that as followers of Jesus we are to
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
Just like a judge carefully examines a case, Paul is telling us to carefully look at how we are making use of the time God has given us. As Christians, we are to utilize every hour productively. Clinton Arnold writes of these verses, “Thus, walking wisely means not only living with ethical purity and integrity before God, but aggressively doing good and sharing the gospel.”
Time is really on your side, but time is also running out. By God’s grace, we have roughly 80 years on this earth (Ps. 90 v 12). So let’s quit dishonoring God by saying we don’t have enough time, and honor Him by making the best use of the time He has given us for His glory and our joy!