About Jesus - Steve (Stephen) Sweetman

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Many of us wake up in the morning with a list of things to do that day but go to bed in the evening wondering where the time went.  Much of what we intended to do didn't get done because we allowed the less important to sidetrack us from the important.     

 

Quantum physicists may suggest otherwise, but traditionally speaking we have believed time is inflexible.  We can't lengthen it and we can't shorten it.  We can't pause it and we can't restart it.  We just manoeuvre our way through it until we depart from this time space material world.  We use it efficiently or else we lose its usefulness.  It's a matter of prioritizing what we do in the time we have. 

 

Prioritizing what needs to be accomplished in the limited amount of time we have is necessary if we are to make time productive.  We do the important and if there is no time left for the less important, it's left for another time.  Even then we may ask where the time went, but at least we'll have some evidence that we spent it wisely.     

 

Unlike God who can exist outside or inside the time space environment that He created, we live in it.  We can only put so much in a space before it loses its productive usefulness.  The same is true with time.  When time gets cluttered with the less important, re-prioritization of what we do in time is needed to recover its functional usefulness.       

 

Paul, in Ephesians 5:15 and 16 wrote about wise use of time, as we read in the Christian Standard Bible.  

 

"Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk ​ [live]  ​not as unwise people but as wise ​ ​making the most of the time, because the days are evil."

 

Wisdom dictates that we use time efficiently.  Getting sidetracked by life's intriguing distractions is not being wise.  It's something Jesus understood in relation to His mission.  Read John 7:6 and 8.     

 

"Therefore Jesus told them, 'My time is not yet here ... I am not going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come.'"

 

Jesus' disciples wanted Him to go to the festival in Jerusalem , but it was not His time to go, so He didn't go.   

 

Christian maturity includes using time effectively.  An awareness of what is important and what is less important is basic to the productive use of time.  Our time is limited, so, prioritizing what we do within that time is the Godly thing to do.  Getting sidetracked by the less important is the human thing to do. 

 

Post Script

Doing nothing at times can be productive if it creates needed energy to make the best use of time.   

 

In the 1970's my pastor friend maintained that just hanging out with a brother or sister in Jesus, or, "wasting time with them," as he put it, is productive.  It helps develop personal, supportive, and functional relationships that are foundational for a Biblical church. 

 

 

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