The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. - Proverbs 11:24-25
An important theme throughout the Bible is that we are called to be good stewards with our resources, meaning that we manage our possessions well. These resources do not include only tangible possessions, but things that the Lord has blessed all of us with. Every believer has talents and gifts that God has equipped them with to bring more glory to Him, and everyone has 24 hours in a day. These hours are filled with working, studying, sleeping, eating, and many other things that fill up our schedules. But - how many of these hours are spent in ways that bring glory to God by serving others? There are a few simple things you can do to ensure you are being generous with your time.
1. Throughout the day, identify any time that you are wasting and could be using to glorify the Lord. You may spend time watching hours of Netflix or scrolling through social media, but these things are trivial and don’t really have a Kingdom impact. Instead, think of how you can use each hour of your day to be generous with your time. When your day is full of meetings, classes, or spending time with other people, you can still honor God with these moments by being a light in the darkness (Matthew 5:16). Consider each thing that fills up your schedule an opportunity to love those around you and show excellence in your work.
2. When you have time available in your schedule, pay attention to the needs of those around you. If there’s a friend around you that is busy and struggling to get by, go grocery shopping for them. Fix them dinner for the evening. Whatever that may look like for you, go out of your way to serve them. Give the extra time that you have to the person around you that doesn’t, even if it’s just a few minutes of your day. Philippians 2:3 (NLT) says, “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” By being humble and considering others more important than ourselves, we will be more willing to sacrifice our time to make sure others are encouraged and loved.
1. What are some ways that you can humble yourself and sacrifice some of your time so that you can serve others?
2. Is there a specific way that you can commit to serving in your church or another ministry? Ask the Lord for His guidance.
Father, thank You for the gifts You have given me that allow me to serve better. Thank You for placing me exactly where I need to be throughout each hour of the day. Help me to see these moments as opportunities to love and serve others. I love You! Amen.
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