The thoughts, reflections and musings of an average Church of England Priest
Saturday, 14 March 2015
40 Acts - Give it TIME
"And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold." Mark 4:8 (ESV)
‘Time is money’ – Let's be honest, whoever made up this phrase was dead wrong. I understand the intention, and it probably made sense in the original context, but logically, in our world today, this phrase is nonsense.
In my home country, if the U.S. government runs out of money, we simply print more. We can somehow find ways to make more money. Time? Not so much. We cannot earn or make more time.
The point is that time and money, while both valuable, are inherently different resources, and so must be measured on completely different scales. This is especially true when it comes to giving in these currencies.
Generally, we as Christians understand the concept of giving our money but the giving of our time, on the other hand, is often misunderstood, or at the very least, underutilised. Most of us, including myself, do not realise that the giving of our time is central to what it means to be a disciple.
Follow me here. During this season of Lent, many folks traditionally give something up in order to pursue the Lord in a more intimate way. For every activity we don’t do, we essentially free more of our time, effectively creating more time for God in our lives. On a larger scale, this is what it means to be a Christian. We give up our lives (our greatest sum of time) in order to begin a relationship with him and to serve those around us.
The Bible tells us that ‘where your treasure is, there your heart will be also’. I used to think this verse was solely about money. Now I realise that perhaps we have a greater treasure, a more hefty currency than money. If we want our hearts to truly belong to God during this season of Lent, then we must start by giving Him our most precious commodity, our time.
Time is the ultimate equaliser. No one has more of it, and no one has less. The only way to be truly rich with a currency like time is to invest it in God and in others. When we do this, we receive back more than a simple interest rate; we receive 30, 60, even 100 times what was sown.