A theme of life really isn’t it? What to do with “my” time?
If you’re a believer, everything is a gift of God. Doesn’t it begin with the gift of life? And then what about free will? So if I live and have a free will I need time to exercise my will to accomplish something. For Adam it was to care for the Garden, name the animals … and then? His day culminated in an evening walk with the Lord. Or at least that would be our perspective…
Actually, in the evening — which at that time was the end of one day and the beginning of the next — Adam’s dialogue with God provided a daily bracket. By walking and talking with God in the evening, he ended one day and began the next fulfilling his ultimate purpose. Fellowship.
Our discussions in various places have recently turned to laboring with members on the question of how to focus my time and my effort? What’s good, what’s not, what’s wise and not.
I either use my time indulging the gifts I’m given (to satisfy my nature) or … I use that wealth to satisfy something outside myself.
Our primary example is Christ — God’s gift to us. He bought us at a terrible price. But Christ, came and served only the Father above. Christ did not walk the earth to serve his natural desires.
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very natureb of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross! Phil. 2:6-8
Wouldn’t the ultimate form of worship be: Christ-like service? Turning my will and life back over to the one who gave it to me? And if so, isn’t worship and fellowship just plainly and obviously the best use of “my” time? The highest purpose I could serve would be to walk in fellowship with God — not just in the morning when I do “my” bible study, or on my knees just before bed — but all of the time?