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Redeeming the Time
“One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty” (Proverbs 11:24). This is more than a principle of financial stewardship; it’s a basic truth of life! Generous people create wealth. Therefore they are richer. They are blessed with more! And out of that increase they can bless others, by giving even more freely! But not so the stingy! The stingy end up losing what they desperately try to hold onto! Jesus warned, those who store up their treasure on earth will watch it fall into the hands of another (Luke 12:18ff). Or as He warned in the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30), hoarding is only wasting, holding on to only turns into great loss- “For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them” (v.29).
This very much relates to one of our other commodities. Time. People who are generous with their time have more of it! That’s the irony: those who sanctify (set apart/keep the Lord’s Day) time and give their time away- who treat time as a gift and not a possession- have more of it. Conversely, those who guard every minute, resent every interruption, ration every minute, never have enough to go around. They are always late, always behind, always scrambling. There is, of course, a place for wise time management. We should plan our days, weeks, months and years. But if we hold too tightly to it we will only end up crushing it. We will discover that in our attempt to protect it, all we did was destroy it.
The Apostle Paul, when he wrote to the Corinthians about the astounding generosity of the Macedonians, remarked: “And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us” (II Cor. 8:5). Generosity always moves in that order: first God, and then others. And it always starts with giving, not something, but ourselves. Therefore I suggest that we stop now (wherever we are and whatever we are doing), and give of all of ourselves to God. Acknowledge with me that everything we are, and everything we have, is a precious gift on loan by God. All of our time, all of our talents and all of our treasure really are not ours at all! We are only stewards of the gifts God has given unto each of us. Plan your ways most assuredly, but allow God to direct each one of your steps along the way (i.e. Proverbs 3:5-6). Be open for interruptions, Devine appointments and unexpected set-backs. The Proverb says, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (19:21). Give yourself to God first. Make time for Him daily. “Do not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing” (Hebrews 10:25a), but sanctify (set apart) the Lord’s Day by keeping it a day of worship, rest and extending mercy (i.e. Luke 13:10-17).
And now the hard part: give yourself to others. Do this by actually spending time with them, even to the point of personal sacrifice (remember the Good Samaritan?). The person who you think is a bore or “emotionally needy”, take the time to really listen to them.
Don’t just give them your time, but give them yourself- your undivided attention, your affection, your empathy or perhaps your counsel.
In God’s economy, everything is turned upside down on its head. We are in the early days of Summer. Perhaps it is a season when you are less busy? Or perhaps, it is a season when things really pick up, almost to the point of being overwhelming. Regardless, redeem the time! Give freely of yourself to first the Lord, and then to others. Try it for a month. Be generous with your time. See if you don’t unexpectantly find that you may be richer/more blessed with time, talents and treasures, than you previously imagined! (See Mark Buchanan’s The Rest of God, Thomas Nelson Publishing: Nashville, TN.  for a great read on restoring your soul by restoring the Sabbath.)
Sunday Morning Worship
Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. - Psalm 29:2
For more than 250 years, worship at Christ Reformed Church has been a time for giving the glory due our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.and offer Bible study and activities for all ages. Sunday Worship includes traditional hymns, confession, prayer and preaching with a strong Biblical foundation.
Sunday School for the children and adults starting at 9:00 am
For your convenience, our sanctuary is easily accessible and our Nursery provides supervised child care for infants and toddlers. Christ Reformed Church welcomes everyone to our family atmosphere. We hope to see you soon!
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