Is it just me or do we say this a lot? “I’m sorry, I don’t have time…” I don’t have time to volunteer at the soup kitchen, set up for an event at church, visit a sick friend, make a meal for a person who just lost a family member, the list goes on for quite a long time. The one I seem to hear most often is “I don’t have time to do my quiet time”
Part of denying self is giving up things that are actually rather nice to have. When I think about the times that I “haven’t had the time” it’s usually on the same day that I have been able to watch TV, instant message my friends and read a novel. “I don’t have time” now becomes “I won’t make the time”
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 (ESV)
When I don’t make the time I am not actually benefiting myself. The Bible says that I can do nothing without Christ. I have a much better day when I have spent time reading my Bible and praying than when I haven’t. I have a better attitude, I am happier and I have a better interaction with everyone I see through the day. John 15:5 also says that when we abide in Him we will bear much fruit, which explains why I have a better day!
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
When I am bearing that fruit, my life will be so much better. I have never met a person who doesn’t like someone with those qualities. Making time to do a quiet time is now a lot more appealing than all the other things that I am usually busy with.