We are never standing still in our spiritual life. We are either moving closer to God or moving further away from God. Wasting Time has a continuing negative effect, while ACTIVE progression and continuing involvement has a continuing positive effect (to him/her who has and exercises it more will be given). You and I are either moving forward in our spiritual walks, or we are wasting time heading backwards- progressing or regressing.
Wasting time and being negligence in spiritual responsibilities will certainly cause you to become a casualty- a sure candidate for falling away from God as the result of caving in to pressure. WHY, because the NATURE that you feed on soon becomes the strongest influence in your life. Spiritual nourishment, or the lack of it, has serious consequences. You can pretty much predict those who are determined to persevere, and those who, by wasting time, are potential candidates for ‘falling away’. There are those who take their life in Christ seriously, and diligently apply themselves to their commitment to HIM. Now notice, I didn’t say commitment to a church building, or commitment to any ritual, I said commitment to HIM. Spiritual life is about RELATIONSHIP………. PERIOD!!!!
Then there are those who are not serious and are wasting time when it comes to their spiritual life in Christ. Consequently, wasting time in their lives is evidenced by atrophy (decay/decline), apathy (disinterest/slothfulness), indifference, neglect and confusion.
The following story has been told many times but it never fails to make a valid point:
A teacher had a large-mouthed jar and he filled the jar with large stones. He then asked his class if the jar was full. They said “yes”. He then proceeded to pour gravel into the jar and it settled between the large stones. He asked again if the jar was full. The class, starting to get the idea and said, “no”. He then poured sand into the jar shaking it until it settled between the stones and the gravel. He asked again if the jar was full, and they again said, “no”. He then proceeded to pour water into the jar and it took a full quart. He asked again if the jar was full but this time the class said yes. He then asked the class what the object of the lesson was. They replied that they could fit more into their lives than they thought possible. “NO, NO, NO”, the teacher replied- that is not what he wanted them to see.
He then explained that had he not put the large stones in the jar first, he would have never been able to fit them in afterwards. In other words, if you don’t do in your life what is important to you first, you will never be able to fit it in later. Life has a way of crowding out the important things with petty things. What seems to be urgent may not always be IMPORTANT.
Think of all the things you gave priority to in the past, wasting time, and they mean nothing to you now. Sure, you probably accomplished a lot, moved a lot of things along, but how important are they really in the big picture of what REALLY matters most in your life?
You and I must learn to stop allowing to stop wasting time by allowing the urgent to replace the important. So many things cry out for our attention every day, and the seemingly urgent robs us of the ability to accomplish what is really important in life unless we make a conscious effort to set our priorities, stop wasting time, and begin to operate based on a deliberate determination to accomplish our purpose in life.
ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT…….The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing!!!!!
Wasting Time- Where Did The Time Go?