As a matter of fact, it’s more important than any other resource you have.
Every aspect of your life requires that you spend time in order to see growth or improvement in these areas. Whether it be your physical health, your mind, your spirit, your relationships, your family, your academics, your vocation, or your belongings, you need time to develop them. You can desire to become better, hoping to get the body you’ve always wanted, or the grades you’ve always wanted, or the job you’ve always wanted, but without the investment of your time (be it in increments of seconds, minutes, hours, or days), you will never be able to reap the rewards that you aim for if you don’t set aside the time.
Simply put, IF YOU WANT TO MASTER YOUR LIFE, THEN YOU NEED TO MASTER YOUR TIME.
But what does mastering my time mean, really? Is it intensely focusing on trying to achieve something? Am I always supposed to be striving for something or feeling obligated to achieve, grow, or produce with my time? I think for the “go-getters” in life, of which I would consider myself one, the surface answer is always, “yes!” However, is it possible that mastering time is more about the condition of our hearts than about how productive we are?
Jesus had an interesting perspective about time and how we ought to operate on a day to day basis. Simply put, He tells us first and foremost, “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat, what you will drink, or what you will wear . . .” The original meaning of ‘worry’ used here in context literally means “to be anxious for.” He commands us not be anxious for anything, even if that thing is something good, like the food, water, and clothes that are necessary for life itself!
You see, most of us who have a desire to accomplish or change something spend a great deal of our time “worrying” about how we are going to do just that. And the irony is, if we were able to use the time that we spend worrying about what is to come, and spend it here in “the present,” we would see substantially more fruit, more achievement, better health, and bigger impact in and with our lives.
That’s what we all want, isn’t it? We want to do more good with our lives. We want to use our time wisely for our good, and for the people we love.
Even still, Jesus takes it a step further. Not only does He say, “Do not worry about tomorrow,” but that should REPLACE worry (time spent being anxious for something) with seeking first ‘His Kingdom and His righteousness.”
Now that we know what it means to worry, what does it mean to seek first ‘His Kingdom and His righteousness’? While in reality, it means many things pertaining to knowing and loving God, loving your neighbors, and experiencing a transformed heart, but at its very core, it’s literally the opposite of worry. It’s rest. It’s a mindset of treating all of the growth, achievements, accomplishments, and positive change we want to see come in our lives as if those things are already accomplished by Christ. That is to say, very simply, that we spend our time being present in the moment, focused on being restful and walking by the FAITH that believes all of the things we wish to accomplish with the time that we have are already a sure thing.
The miracle that happens when we enter into the “Rest” that is set aside for the people of God is that our time is no longer bound by the kind of physical chronology which is measured in terms of seconds, minutes, hours, and days. Rather, it is transferred into an eternal perspective that operates by faith and supernaturally increases the effectiveness of each and every moment.In other words, the more earthly time you spend operating under the timing of the Kingdom of God, the more return on investment you will see from your time spent.
The only thing left for us to do. Strive to spend our time better? No. Rather, we should strive to enter God’s Rest in our hearts. Right here. Right now. Today.
I believe it is in that very state of rest that we will experience the seconds, minutes, and hours that make up our days transformed into slices of eternity in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Simply put: If you want to master your time, master entering into God’s Sabbath Rest.