What is your most precious commodity? time. You only get 24 hours in a day and seven days in a week. No matter how hard you try, you can’t come up with anymore than that. On top of that we have a set number of days we have on this quick earthly pilgrimage. So what are you going to do with those few hours you have?
I was reading yesterday in Mark 1 about a really, really busy guy by the name of Jesus. In Mark 1:32-33 it says, ‘2 That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. 33 The whole town gathered at the door…’ Sounds like a recipe for a really crazy, stressful and exhausting evening.
Jesus’ next move is quite contrary to what we might think. With a sea of people still waiting to see Him, Jesus escapes somehow and retreats to a lonely and isolated place where he can pray to His Heavenly Father. As you can imagine the disciples are freaking out because Jesus is nowhere in sight. It says they literally ‘hunted’ for Jesus and finally found Him. In verse 37 they say to Him, “Everyone is looking for you!” Jesus looks at them and gives this reply, ‘38 “Let us go somewhere else–to the nearby villages–so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”
One thing that was clear about Jesus was that He did not live His life to try and please people but He lived His life to please God. Jesus chose to regularly carve out time to be with God, even in one of the busiest moments of His life. He comes out of this prayer time with a confidence about who He was and what His Father’s Will was….to go and preach about the kingdom of God throughout that region.
I know for me, when I follow Jesus’ example and carve out times of prayer in the busy-ness, my priorities become clear. As I walk away from spending time with God, I have clarity, direction, and purpose. I know what to say ‘yes’ to and what to say ‘no’ to. When I fail to carve out these times, I feel wishy washy and I live to please others or get blown around by petty desires or creature comforts. So let’s give God some of our precious time so that we can make the most of our days for His purposes and glory!