Matthew 6:19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Talking about time, what we do with our time and what takes the most of our time is a reflection of what is most important to us. Time is precious, they say because we don’t have it in limitless abundance. It is limited and to be counted. Either you use it or you don’t, you still spend it all the same. It cannot be stored or reserved to be used at a later date. At every moment of life, the clock is ticking and the time is counting. It waits for no man they say, therefore man needs to constantly chase and catch up with time. Time is money and if not properly invested, it will not yield the desired dividend.
The above scripture says where your heart is, is where your treasure is. Simply put; you spend your time on what you treasure most. So if what you treasure most are things that do not matter or will not last, then the time spent is wasted and irrecoverable. On the contrary, if you spend time on things that matter and important, then you have just made an investment and should expect returns on your investment. Your time is your investment and your heart will always gravitate towards your investment, and if that is the case, what you give attention to most is where your investment lies. Are they things that are heavenly and that will outlast you or are they things that are earthly and will decay with time?
Time is a precious gift from God to us and as it is with all of His gifts, He desires that we use them to serve Him. When He gives you a talent, He expects that you serve Him with it. When He gives you money, He expects that you serve Him with it.
Mark 12:29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
God gives all of Himself and He expects you to give all of yourself but the reality is that we don’t give Him all. We have so much that is contesting for our attention; family, work, career, ambitions, friends, business, necessities of life, luxuries and so on and so forth. All of these and many more deny God the kind of attention He desires from us. While I understand that these things are key and important to our existence, the pursuit of them may be inimical to our relationship and existence in God. We are therefore placed between two options; to serve God or to serve mammon. God is not a wicked God, as much as He gave all and expects all, He is also aware of all of the things that are contesting for our attention. The Bible says your heavenly Father knows that you need all of these things.
So what is the solution? The answer is in the the above scripture in Matthew 6:33 ; seek God first, make seeking him your priority, let seeking God and his kingdom come first in your scale of preference and every other thing contesting for your attention will become add ons. Is that not awesome? He gave you all and He demands that out of the all you recognize Him first and He will ensure that every other thing will be added to you. Wife, husband, children, money, luxury, necessities, cars, houses, job, businesses, family and all the good thing you would have given your time to will be added to you on a platter of Gold. This may sound very unrealistic but the truth is the truth and it doesn’t change. I tell you this from experience, it has and it is still working for me. Give God the first place in everything you do and watch Him surprise you daily with everything you desire. He does not want and does not deserve your remnants, He wants to have the pre-eminence in all things and that is the only way He can use what you have given Him to make all you will need. The time given to God is like a seed sown. For example, you have just 24 hours in a day and it’s never enough to do all you need to do, so when you give Him the prime time as a seed, He will multiply what is left so that you can have more than enough time to do what you want. As a matter of fact, you will spend less time struggling but more time enjoying the goodness of God.
God gave you all and desires to have all but you can only give him all by beginning to give Him the first of all. There is a part of all that when you give it to God, will represent all in the sight of God, it is that part that means a lot to you and because you are willing to let go, God sees it as all. Meaning that if you can let go of that part, then you can as well let go of everything. If you cannot let go of that part, that is the part that is contesting for the position with God. It is that part that will cost you something. It is that part that you will feel when you give it. If it does not cost you anything, then it does not represent all to God. If you don’t feel it when you let go, then God cannot feel it when He receives it.
If it’s money, then your tithe, your first fruit and your best offerings represent all which is why what is left will not be shot but more than enough to meet the rest of your needs Malachi 3:10. If it’s spending time with Him, of course, you can’t spend the whole day praying all of the time but what’s the first thing you do when you wake up or do you wait until you return after the day when you are already worn out? That’s like giving him the left overs.
If you talk about service, do you do it as convenient or as commanded? Is it well pleasing and acceptable in His sight? Is it a reasonable service, is it what you like or what He wants? If this is how you do your service, then it does not represent all to God. When He says, “Give all,” He is simply calling for that part that when you give will represent all to Him. God is a good God, He is asking for all not because He is in need but because He wants to meet your needs by multiplying the part that you are willing to give. If you give Him your best, you can be sure that He will multiply the best so that you can have many more. Now it’s up to you. Shalom
Further scriptures for your study
1 Chronicles 29:2, 1 Corinthians 7:32, Psalm 37:4
Personal declaration for the day
I am committed to giving God my best and the first no matter what it takes!
Questions for you to reflect on
- Do you know that God is a God of multiplication and whatever you give Him, He multiplies?
- Do you know that if you give Him remnants He would multiply it?