My husband and his father took our two boys to Martinsville this weekend for their very first Nascar race. As I kissed them gone and waved them goodbye yesterday morning, I found myself standing alone in the driveway. My mind began to turn over and over until I had a hurricane of thoughts brewing.
Two whole days to myself! I was giddy at the prospect. But I couldn’t settle on how I should spend this time. Should I do some much needed chores, like cleaning the house while little feet and grubby fingers are away? I could paint the entire interior, (something desperately needed), I’ve been known to do such things on occasion. I could take a pleasure trip with a friend, to shop for a couple days; or maybe go to Clarksburg to visit my family…Before I knew it, I was riddled with anxiety about how I was going to use this wonderful blessing of time.
Time. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: Time is my most valuable resource. I’m sure you can relate. We are busy people here in the valley. We like to go, go, go. And sometimes…sometimes our spiritual life is relegated those left over minutes between activities. We pray in the shower or in the car on the way to work. We read our Bible at baseball games. We fellowship for ten minutes after church on Sunday.
The esteemed chairman of our Stewardship Committee asked me to talk to my church memebers about time on Sunday. And I’m sure he wanted me to encourage them to join a committee, or volunteer to teach Sunday school, or become involved in one of the many outstanding ministry opportunities at our church. And I did encourage them to do these things. But as I began to meditate on the issue of time and service, it occurred to me that true service; the kind of service that God wants, this service comes from our relationship with Him.
When we draw near to Him, we desire to please Him. This is when we give with a joyful heart, when we do it with love and out of love for our Heavenly Father. Because, here is a news flash: God does not NEED us! He wants us. He wants to be near us. We were created for His pleasure. He rejoices to share with us the responsibility of furthering His kingdom.
Jesus told Martha that Mary had chosen what is better. He said, “…only one thing is needed.” That one thing was sitting at His feet and listening. Being with Him. Out of this One thing, the rest will follow. We are told not to worry but to, “seek first His kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
When we put the Lord first, we will be blessed. I am not talking about material blessings, but the blessing that will not rust or perish. The blessing that cannot be stolen by thieves. The blessing of love for one another is fostered when we work together in the various ministries of the church. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. I treasure the people in my church. I treasure the work of my church. But most of all, I treasure my relationship with the Lord. When I spend time with Him, he is my greatest joy. And He talks to me. Not in an audible voice, but, If I am listening, He will guide me into adventures in ministry that I never would have had courage to pursue on my own.
Today I would like to encourage you to examine how you spend your time. If God is not in your day planner, think about making a regular appointment with Him. And ask Him to help you spend your time wisely. Ask Him how you can please Him. And then listen. He will answer you. After all, only one thing is needed.