Stewardship of our most precious resource

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

God spoke to my heart recently about stewardship of my time, energy and attention. We live in an era where the tendrils of technology have invaded the daily life of most human beings.

Distraction and “opportunities” abound as so many aggressively compete for your time, focus and attention.

However, if we allow the sirens of our day to seduce us, we may essentially lose our ability to spend our lives–our time, energy and attention–in the way that most honors God Most High.

Today I am going to focus on His Word and on spending my most precious resources in ways that have eternal value. I am going to be obedient to the calling He has placed on my heart.

I’m going to ignore all of those pleas for me to watch another workshop about how to market things to others, how to build a virtual following, or in some other way enrich my own ‘platform’ or business. Sometimes the focus on SELF sneakily underlies so many of the messages of our times.

I remember these words from Paul’s letter to the Galatians: “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” Galatians 2:20

Imagine if the Apostle Paul had been distracted by social media and occupied with extending his virtual reach and making more money rather than being a bondservant of Christ! His powerful letters to the churches wouldn’t exist today. The Gentiles might have never heard the gospel.

I am not simply a source of revenue, another number added to the virtual reach and ‘platform’ of others, or a potential buyer to convert with persuasive language.

I am cherished by God. He created me. He gave me the gift of this day.

May I use my time, energy and attention wisely, for His glory and honor and praise. May I die to my own flesh and live in the splendor of His Spirit, living out His beautiful purposes for this day.

5 Replies to “Stewardship of our most precious resource”

  1. Well said. It is easy to be distracted by technology and events in our lives. Thank you for reminding me to set priorities and focus on them.

  2. Thank you very much for your thoughts. When I look back to the early years of my life I wondered even as a little child, why my family is not on the watch to religion. Well, I didn’t know what this is: religion, but I felt that they lost their main important wealth: spirituality. I felt deeply that there is another world we should care for it. So they distracted me without technology. Later I learned: its not the material world, but the point of view, that enriches life, when we keep our distance to what ever happens in the world. jl

    1. JL, Thank you so much for your valuable comment and for following my blog. I agree with you–our lives are enriched by our spiritual lives. I can’t imagine living this life without a very real relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. When we encounter hard times, He still gives me peace and an enduring hope. I can rest in His love and grace rather than worry. I am so thankful to have a hope that transcends all of the chaos of this life. Our spiritual lives can be a source of stability and hope in a world that gets more challenging as life goes on. I looked at your blog. I know just a little German. My father’s side came from Switzerland originally. My grandparents spoke some Deutsche in their home, and I took a year of German in college, but can’t remember too much now. Great to hear from you! Bless you!

  3. I think this quote is apropos here. “The core insanity of the human heart is that we violate the first great commandment. We will love anything, except God, unless our madness is checked by grace.” -David Powlison

  4. Thanks for sharing this quote, Sara. Apart from His grace, we are so prone to be drawn to things that won’t be ultimately life-giving for us. I appreciate your comment!

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