Why Do You Think You Don’t Have Time?
This principle of “use it or lose it” is universal. If you don’t exercise, your muscles get smaller. If you don’t invest your money, you’re going to lose it. If you don’t learn to use your mind, it will get duller and duller as you get older. If you have a talent and you refuse to practice, you’ll lose that talent.
The opposite is also true. If you do use it, you get even more of it. So if you use your muscles, they get bigger. If you take a little bit of money and invest it, it gets bigger. It multiplies!
Hebrews 13:21 says, “May the God of peace … equip you with all you need for doing his will” (TLB).
What do you need more of in your life? How about more energy? How about time? How about money? How about talent?
Here’s the secret: Whatever you need more of, take the little you’ve got and start using it to serve other people unselfishly, and God will multiply it. You say, “I don’t have time to serve other people. I don’t have time to minister. I already don’t have time to get all the things done I need to. How could I add anything else?” Why do you think you don’t have time? Because God never meant for you to spend all your time on yourself! Why would God give you more time if you’re just going to spend it on you?
It’s like the principle of tithing, where the first 10 percent of all you make goes back to God. Why? Because when you give that 10 percent back to God, God takes the other 90 percent and makes it stretch further than it would have if you kept 100 percent yourself. That’s true with your time. That’s true with your talent. That’s true with anything in life.
If you don’t use it, you lose it. And the way you get more is by investing what little you’ve got. Watch and see how God will give you everything you need and more for doing his will when you use your time, money, and talent for him.
Talk It Over
- How have you seen God multiply your time, money, or talent when you invest it in what really matters?
- What are your talents? How can you use them to serve others?
- What is one way you can use your time to serve others? What will you have to change about your schedule in order to make it happen?
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