With the recent release of iOS 12, iPhone users were greeted with a new feature called Screen Time. It tracks how much time you spend on your phone, including what apps you use, how many times you pick up your phone, and how many notifications you receive.
The app is designed to make you aware of how much you use your phone. For me, it was a wake up call. It’s shocking how quickly the minutes add up as I mindlessly scroll through Facebook or Twitter. What seemed like a few minutes here and there throughout the day turned out to be much more than I expected.
Imagine what it would reveal about us if we were able to track how we use our time everyday. I’m not just talking about time on the phone. Every minute of every day. We would be shocked by how we spend our time. Many of us claim to be overly busy. I’m one of them. Yet we would all be amazed at how much time we actually have during the day and what we choose to spend it on.
This week at First Church, we talked about being committed disciples. In order to commit to something, you need to make time for it. You need to be available. Busyness is one of the most common excuses for not devoting more time to the Lord. Yet if we honestly evaluated our days, like Screen Time does for my phone, we have more time available for the Lord than we think. You don’t need to create more time in the day for God. You need to learn to use the time you have more wisely.
That’s not to say you need to forgo other commitments in order to spend time with the Lord. It would not be God-honoring to ignore your children or spouse to read your Bible. You don’t need to quit your job to go to a Bible Study. Your commitment to the Lord should be your first priority, not your only priority. Your commitment to Jesus should transform all your other commitments, as well. You should be a different spouse, parent, child, boss, employee, etc., as a result of your commitment to the Lord.
Availability means more then just carving out a few minutes. The right attitude is important. You need to make time for God, but you also must be willing to be used on his terms, not your own. A hard heart is not a willing heart. A self-centered attitude is not available to be used by God. So when you make yourself available to God, get out of your own way and allow God to work in and through you. Having an open and willing heart demonstrates your commitment is to the Lord and not your own agenda.
Ephesians 5:15-19 says, “15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” As followers of Jesus, let us be wise in how we use our time. Let us make ourselves available to the Lord and commit ourselves to him in everything we do.