The Parable of Time




How easy it is for our lives to consume us at one point or another, causing us to neglect things we shouldn’t. For some, it’s our physical health. I admit to more than a few days of just staring at the BowFlex and saying, “maybe tomorrow”. It’s amazing how those tomorrows keep adding up. But what about our spiritual lives?

It can be quite easy to neglect our time with God as well. In the Gospel of Luke, we find the parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son. All of these parables are directed towards the Pharisees and scribes regarding finding the lost by Jesus, but we can also see in these a loss of intimacy with God.

Consider losing a sheep in Luke 15:3-7. It’s easy to see how being distracted can fit into this. A sheep (or a man) can easily get caught up in something exciting and wander away. For us, it might be something new in our lives or some exciting event on the horizon. We shift our focus, and all of the sudden, it’s been a few days, or a week or more since we’ve opened up our Bibles to study.

In the parable of the lost coin (Luke 15:8-10), think about how things of value get lost. When I’ve misplaced my keys or wallet, it’s usually due to carelessness. The busyness of life and the inherent multi-tasking we all seem to do nowadays can also inhibit our time with God. We are focusing on so many different things, juggling family schedules and so forth, that it becomes almost inconceivable to carve out some quiet time each day.

In the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), we see in the son one who abandons his current lifestyle and in doing so, dishonors his father. Just as he did in this story, our pursuit of worldliness puts our own discipleship on the backburner and in doing so, separates us from our Father. I just sat in amazement the other day listening to some co-workers talk about all the planning that goes into summer activities for their children. We seem to think we must always be busy and that allowing a child to be bored is a cardinal sin. The thought of time to relax and reflect is an absurd concept.

The sad truth is, we may not even notice the movement away from Him, and a few days away from study can quickly become a habit and before long, we are a statistic that belongs to that sad group of so-called Christians who admit they never read their Bible.

We are called to be growing in the Lord (2 Peter 3:18) and to pursue this sanctification earnestly (1 Peter 1:15; Hebrews 12:14), for it is the will of God (1 Thessalonians 4:3). Nowhere in Scripture is an age limit applied. If you’re breathing, you still have work to do.

Like everything else in this temporal life, we as humans will not make something a habit unless we actively pursue something intentional. It is a choice we make. We should find time for God’s Word today instead of waiting for the storms to hit our lives and then turn to Him. Yes, He will be there waiting for us as He is forever faithful, but this is certainly not the process of sanctification outlined in Scripture.

No one is guaranteed a tomorrow. Seek Him in all earnestness today.

“I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.” (Romans 6:19).




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