What is your most valuable resource?
We usually think of value, resources and wealth in material or financial terms. In my last post I proposed that Christians need not live with a scarcity mentality, for God’s resources are abundant and unlimited. Stuff can be replaced. Wealth can be created.
However, there is one resource that is finite and irreplaceable. Once spent, it is gone forever.
A moment. A day. A year.
The Bible is clear that Christians are to give both material resources and service (time) to God in recognition that it’s all his anyway. God doesn’t need our money, and he doesn’t need our time; he desires our faith. It’s always about faith.
Therefore, I propose that we can and should live with an attitude of abundance toward the irreplaceable resource of our time.
An attitude of abundance in our personal time management
Can I be honest? Sometimes I feel stingy with my time. During the months when our Community Bible Study class is in session I have a weekly teaching to prepare. It takes many hours and it’s always on my mind. I can get rather protective of my precious schedule. That betrays a scarcity mentality toward time.
God has taught me that when he gives me an assignment, like taking dinner to an ailing neighbor or encouraging a friend over lunch, he will also be faithful to give me the focus, insight, and time to fulfill my weekly obligation to teach our CBS class. He has not failed me yet.
An attitude of abundance toward my personal time commitments demonstrates faith that God is ultimately the source of my inspiration and productivity. It works.
An attitude of abundance for churches and ministries
Another of my responsibilities to Community Bible Study is to recruit volunteer leaders so that we can adequately serve the men, women and children who will attend our class in September. This summer I’ve had dozens of lovely conversations with potential leaders who declined my invitation because they are committed to different areas of Christian service.
A scarcity mentality would see this as competition. An attitude of abundance recognizes that God is arranging his vast human resources as he sees fit and trusts that he has designated exactly the right people for service in CBS. I just haven’t called them yet.
An attitude of abundance toward staffing organizational ministry needs demonstrates faith that God oversees his plentiful human resources. We need not compete with each other or apologetically beg for volunteers. He’s got it all covered.
Individuals who serve with an attitude of abundance toward their personal time will begin to cultivate an attitude of abundance in the churches and ministries in which they serve.
It can start with us.
Do you manage your time with an attitude of abundance?
“And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” Ephesians 1:22-23