Control Your Time

No one had a busier schedule than Jesus. When His ministry began, He was constantly on the move. People wanted His time and attention.

In Mark 1:32-38 it says, “When evening came, after the sun had set, they began bringing to Him all who were ill and those who were demon-possessed. And the whole city had gathered at the door.

And He healed many who were ill with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He was not permitting the demons to speak, because they knew who He was. In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there. Simon and his companions searched for Him; they found Him, and said to Him, ‘Everyone is looking for You.’ He said to them, ‘Let us go somewhere else to the towns nearby, so that I may preach there also; for that is what I came for.’”

Jesus was on a mission. He was on a timetable. He knew what needed to be done and where He needed to be. No one has had a busier schedule than our Savior.  But even though He was busy, He still made time to pray.

In Luke 6:12 it says, “It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God.” I’m sure Jesus was tired at the end of a long day. But He made time for prayer.

The fruit of the Spirit is self-control, Galatians 5:23. God expects us to live a life of self-control.

Have you ever felt that there was simply not enough time in the day? I’m sure most of us have said something like that in the past. The reality is, we all have the same amount of time.

The challenge for many is how we go about utilizing our time on a daily basis. I believe we all have plenty of time in the day to get the necessary things done.

Someone has said, “We get to decide how busy we are.” I love that quote. It’s so true. We can tell everyone, “I’m so busy…” However, we get to decide how busy we are going to be. We only have a limited amount of time. Therefore, the things that truly matter can’t be neglected. Jesus gives us some things that we can do to be wise with our time.

1. Wake up early! That will take self-control. I’m not going to tell you when you should wake up. But waking up a few minutes earlier each day will give us time to get our minds right as we face the world. It will give us time to pray to our Father in heaven. It will give us time to read our Bibles. It will give us time to be thankful.

2. Redeem your evening. I know people are tired after working a long day at work. We may feel like we don’t have time to pray, to study, or to assemble on Wednesday nights, but typically we always do. Jesus prayed all night.  Let’s make time to begin and end our day praying to God. It may mean turning off electronics a few minutes earlier. It may mean saying NO to something or someone and saying YES to time alone with God. Redeem the time.