When More is Less

I wasn’t planning on doing a follow-up to my post Putting in the Time, but the flip-side of the issue has been flashing itself at me from every direction.

Busy, busy, busy….it seems like we jump straight from the holiday rush into our New Year’s resolutions. More and more often I see pins on Pinterest for 5 minute Bible devotionals. I saw a video on Facebook where they gleefully advertised “How to exercise, do prayer, and read your Bible in under 4 minutes!” Shoot, why not make breakfast and walk the dog while you’re at it? When did spending less time in your Bible and prayer become a good thing?

Your God time should be most important. Guess what? Nobody thinks that what they’re spending time on is a waste of that time.

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Does your husband need more of you, or more of Jesus?

Do your kids need more of you, or more of Jesus?

Do your coworkers need more of you, or more of Jesus?

As a blogger, do your readers need more of you, or more of Jesus?

I hate feeling that this is a negative post – but I hate more the thought that my Father is being short-changed, robbed, neglected. You will not impact your church, your congregation, your community unless you spend more time with Him. Why? Because it is His power that convicts and changes them, not you.

So if you are pouring out your time into your job, your church, your family, your blog, your hobby, or your TV, YOU ARE ACTUALLY WASTING YOUR TIME unless you are first investing your time by focusing on your Omnipotent, all-energizing, all-resting, all-joyful Maker. He is the One who makes you successful. He is the One who grows your business. He is the One who not only replenishes you but in turn powers through you when it’s go time.

Joshua 1:8 – “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

Psalms 1:2,3 – “But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree, planted by the rivers of water that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

Psalms 119:97 – “O how I love thy law! it is my meditation all the day.

Now I know that there are certain seasons of life where you can’t do as much…moms of newborns, for example. But the desire should still be there, to give Him as much time as possible. You won’t regret it.

15 Comments
  1. Excellent post! Preach it, sister! The fact that we are drawn to topics that tell us how to get more out of less time is an indication that something is wrong somewhere, specifically that we feel like we somehow gain spiritual brownie points if we actually open the Bible or stop to pray for 2 minutes. Hearts that are inclined toward God and truly love Him will naturally want to spend MORE time with Him and try to skirt around the edges to make ourselves feel better. The purpose of reading and prayer is that we may KNOW Jesus… and what an awesome privilege that is that shouldn’t be taken lightly!

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  2. AMEN! I am committed to spend more time with Jesus. I am giving Him my mornings as I read chronologically through The Message Bible. I can’t do anything without Him. Thank you for linking up and placing my badge on your side bar. I am looking forward to reading more here and getting to know you. Happy New Year!

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  3. What I love about setting five minutes aside for God is how He extends that time …soon it’s been an hour and I”m not nearly done hanging out with Him. Some mornings I really do end up with five minutes, but most I linger so much longer …waking up earlier and earlier to embrace Him each day. I’m forever thankful for that first five minutes. How great is our God?
    Happy Thursday!
    Megs

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