TP Youth Ministry by Marco Jericho
Let’s face it, we tell ourselves if we had more hours in a day, we would be all good. But the problem lies not in getting more hours; the problem is we don’t know how to manage time well. Every time we actually do get free time, we tell ourselves we’re bored. So right away we try to get ourselves busy with something, or else we don’t know what to do with the free time we have.
“God never measures us by time, but by the quality, we spend with Him”
Your parents definitely have used the line “if you prayed or read the Bible as much as you texted or were on your phone, you’d be on fire”. Of course, you spitfire a reply to that comment. But deep down, you know you could make an effort in reading or praying more. But you don’t…. You ignore that feeling, find an app like cookie clicker, and boom, the feeling is now gone.
You see God never measures us by time, but by the quality we spend with Him. God gives us the blessing of having a time to have fun, entertain ourselves, and even figure out flappy bird! Ecclesiastes 3 is actually a perfect example of how He knows how we spend our time on various things. But one of the greatest things you can learn now is how to prioritize your time!
Let’s flashback a second, to a story you may or may not have heard, the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42. Check this out:
As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed Him and made Him feel quite at home. She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word He said. But all she had to do in the kitchen pulled Martha away. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. “Master, don’t You care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.”41-42
The Master said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.” Luke 10:38-42 MSG
“When you love something, you don’t mind sacrificing something from your time, to prioritize it. Mary had to prepare lunch at some point, but she decided to sacrifice that time, to just listen and hang on each word Jesus was saying.”
Nobody can blame Martha for fussing about the dinner. She had God in the house, and wanted to give Him the best food. Only problem is she was more worried about the food and schedule, then the guest she had. Somebody had to prepare the lunch that day, or else nobody would eat. That’s the mindset she had right? How many times you tell yourself the same thing? We all act like Martha sometimes. We worry about the schedule we got, the high score to beat, or to answer fast the Facebook inbox we just got. We keep placing other things first and downplaying reading or praying.
Isn’t it crazy that when we love something, we always find the time for it somehow? We are so busy, but if a guy or girl you like inboxes you, all of a sudden nothing else matters. That person has become our priority! Same for a TV show you’re hooked on, or a sport you like. When you love something, you don’t mind sacrificing something from your time, to prioritize it. Mary had to prepare lunch at some point, but she decided to sacrifice that time, to just listen and hang on each word Jesus was saying.
What if you did the same?
“Don’t think following Jesus, means you’re going to mess up your schedule. Chances are He’s going to mess up your heart instead. He always works from the inside out.”
Here’s the thing about Jesus, He didn’t ask Mary to come sit at His feet. She did on her own, she decided to prioritize Him! Jesus isn’t going to come and demand stuff out of you. It’s up to you, to create time and prioritize. Sometimes when we think about prayer or reading the Word, we think it involves so much time. It doesn’t! Don’t focus on counting how much time it has to be. Focus on prioritizing Him, before snapchat, or Netflix, or Xbox.
What if you challenged yourself for a week, and told yourself I’m going to try to set this as my priority? Before checking my notifications, before playing Battlefield, Mindcraft, before Netflix.
Make it your prayer that you fall in love with Jesus more each day. You will see how your schedule doesn’t look so crazy anymore, when you create time to prioritize Jesus in it. Don’t think following Jesus, means you’re going to mess up your schedule. Chances are He’s going to mess up your heart instead. He always works from the inside, out.