We have heard it all of our lives, that Jesus is coming soon, so much in fact, that unfortunately, it doesn’t excite us like it used to. But I can hear my Spirit screaming at me to Grow Up, because we are running out of time to do what the Lord has called us to do. Yes, we are all given twenty-four hours a day; yes, we all lead busy lives and sometimes pack what seems like more than twenty-four hours of work into our allotted time.
It is time for us to take a look at where and how we use our time. Yes, we have to work, and people are depending on us for so many reasons, but that doesn’t give us an excuse to stop doing the will of God. What it does tell me, is that my priority must first and foremost be my relationship with Jesus Christ. If I haven’t committed to putting him first, then, there will never be enough time to finish all of the responsibilities that I have.
I know how this plays out in our lives. We get so stressed out doing this and that, when, our greatest treasures are at risk of falling to the wayside while we struggle to breathe life into those things that will not make a difference later in our lives.
It’s like I can’t focus on any one challenge or project that I have, because to do so would mean that I might actually complete something, and heaven forbid that I would have accomplished something that could be of value. Instead, I have learned the art of juggling. Unfortunately, I’ve come to the conclusion, of late, that my juggling routine needs work. I have failed to be successful at everything I want to accomplish. Not so much that it is wrong; it’s that in my zeal to do a work for the Lord, I sometimes forget that to do so, will require time to water the seeds that I have already planted. To neglect to water the seeds will surely end in the death and burial of dreams.
Once we have planted seeds, we must give them time to grow. How will we know that they are thriving? When the seeds begin to be established enough to look beyond what we can see with our eyes, and catch a glimpse of where the Lord wants to take us.
Does this mean that we are only successful when we are doing a work for the Lord, or is it when we are mature enough to see potential in others and we are responsible to help others grow? Success in ministry doesn’t happen overnight. If it did, would we pray as much?
In this week’s Lattereign, we feature Sister Amber Tucker’s Saturday night devotional on an important topic. Spiritual Growth (Click on the link to Spiritual Growth. It will open in a new window.)