“Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.”I Timothy 4:13-16
I think back before I had kids and wonder what I did with my time. I remember owning a gaming system and the countless hours wasted on playing games. I did not gain any skill, knowledge or insight. My thumbs grew stronger but my mind digressed. I hardly thought of anyone else and my time was applied strictly to the things I wanted to do.
I think of where I am today and nothing seems more valuable to me than time. I am often pressed in different directions, but I would never complain of being bored. I know I must make a schedule and prioritize my time or the most important things will be neglected. I know I must manage my time like a monetary budget or I will not accomplish what I need to. I can think of nothing more precious than the morning time I spend in reading God’s Word and learning the doctrine of truth. I find this time vital to determining how my day will play out. I know it will not change the events of the day, but it will change my reaction to what God will allow in my life on that given day.
Our reaction to trials and tribulations appear to all and show the world how close our walk with God really is. We must continue in reading God’s Word and growing more and more like Him. The eyes of the world are always watching, and we show them the Hope that they desperately seek. Christianity is not a 9 to 5 job, but it is a lifestyle that we must dedicate ourselves to. If we are not reading and meditating on the Word then we will succumb to an ungodly lifestyle. We must always be prepared to speak of the hope that lies within us, and be in a position to lead others around us to our Savior.
Where are you today friend? Are you spending time studying and meditating on the Word of God? Are you too busy to give time to the One who commanded you to give time to studying, exhortation and to doctrine? Who are you pointing to God by your lifestyle and speech? Who is on your list that you desire to be saved? Are you praying for them? Are you ready to share with them the hope that lies within you? May we know God’s Word more than we know our Facebook timeline. May we meditate on the truth of His Word rather than the noise of the late-breaking news. May we be found faithful when He comes for us, and may we put Him first in our lives.