Our lives are busy and our calendars are full. Many of us wonder how will we ever find the time to do everything that we need to do in life. When you add being a follower of Christ to the mix, then it seems like we have one more thing to juggle. There’s work, family, faith, recreation, special events, and myriad of other things to get done. How are we supposed to live out the life of a disciple with all of these other things to be done? How am I supposed to carve out time to do the things that God wants me to do?
Because of the way that our culture is oriented around schedules, we have a problem of compartmentalizing everything that we do. This is my time for work, this is my time for school, this is my time for sleep, this is my time for eating. Everything has it’s time and so to fit God into that schedule we put him in it as well. There is a time for church, a time for praying, a time for reading the bible, and a time for group.
While there is a time for stopping and giving special attention to God, there is also a call from scripture to devote all of our life to the work of God. Paul wrote in Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” 1 We need to see our everyday doings through the lens of doing it for God. Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase The Message expresses this verse a little clearer, “Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.”2
Being a disciple isn’t an activity to be scheduled, it’s a way of living. Take some time this week, look at your schedule, and commit to being a follower of Jesus in all parts.
1Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® 2Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson