As I was studying and dealing with a message regarding spending time with God, the Lord gave me the following simple message regarding the year 2017.
“2017 will be a year of great kingdom building, and My people must put in the work and build, even through the problems of 2017. They must put in time for Me, and be about My business. Those of you who are ready to work and have gotten your building materials, this is your year to build. And when you build, you will see great works for My kingdom.
I am always looking for laborers. The assignments I have called you to do will take off like a rocket if you put the work in. Rise and take your place, and draw closer to Me. Spend time with Me, and I will sup with you. With Jesus as your chief cornerstone, the gates of Hell will not prevail, and you will succeed in advancing My Kingdom.”
Here is something to marinate on. Many are not doing the work of God’s kingdom because they are not spending enough time with Him, so let’s consider how we are spending our time.
Let’s assume we spend 4 hours per week in a Sunday service (including Sunday School) and another 1.5 hours attending a mid-week service. So, that is a total of 5.5 hours per week.
The average professing Christian spends 5 minutes or less praying 4-5 times per week and reads their Bible once a week for about 15 minutes (Source: Barna Group and Christian Today). So now we are up to about 6 hours per week. Over the course of a year, this would add up to 24 hours in a month and 312 hours in a year. There are 24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week, 672 hours in a month, and 8,736 hours in a year. Therefore, the average Christian devotes only 3.6% of their life to God (6/168, 24/672, 312/8736).
Just imagine if we gave 10% of our time for God and His Kingdom (2.4 hours a day). This is very doable. If a person uses 8-9 hours for work, 1 hour for commute, 7 hours for sleep, 3 hours for children, dinner, bathing/cleaning and errands, this would be a total of 19-20 hours, thus leaving a person with 4-5 hours, on a work day and a total of 10-11 hours on a non-workday (subtract 910 hours +the 1 hour commute), leaving a person with 13-14 hours in a day. So, if one spent a minimum of 2.4 hours every day for God, (3 hours rounded up), they would have 1-2 hours left for themselves on a work day, and 10-11 hours for themselves on a non-workday.
Is God not worth this much time? We make time for everything but God and His Kingdom, but the sad irony is when a person dies, if they are not right with God, God will not have time for them.
2017 will be a year for plenty of Kingdom working opportunities. Are you ready to put the time, energy, and effort in?
37 Then Jesus said unto his disciples, the harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few;
38 Pray you therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth laborers into His harvest. (Matt 9:37-38)
Author: Matt Smith
Matt Smith received the Lord in 2011, then ran from Him for a few months before returning and has not taken his hand off the plow. Today he is a church musician, minister, and husband. He believes in the saying “Get right church, and lets go home.” He enjoys making others laugh and smile saying, “I don’t need medicated happiness, I come naturally happy.”
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