……for what they want to make time for. So when someone says that they have not got the time to do something, it generally means that they do not want to make time to do that thing. I must emphasise that we are dealing with a general principle here; not a universal principle. Generally it is true that if people want to do something they will make time for it. It is not a universal principle because we all have limited time and there are those instances when the amount that we have going on in our lives prevents us from doing something we would want to do. In such cases we simply do not have the time to do everything. However, this does not take away from the general principle that everyone makes time for what they want to make time for.
So when I hear that people don’t have the time to come to church or to get involved in church life, it immediately makes me wonder about where they are in terms of their desire to want to live to please the Lord and therefore use their time for Him.
It is interesting to observe that so many people do not have the time to do things but they still do them. The football supporters who follow their team around the UK and beyond; do they really have time to do that? And the birdwatchers who chase after the next sighting of some obscure species; how do they mange to fit that in? They don’t have the time and yet their desire to pursue these interests makes them make time. How much does our love for Christ affect the use of our time?
And finally don’t forget our Saviour did not really have time to come into this world to save our souls. After all He had a whole universe to maintain and he had the prayers of all of His people to attend to. But the longing to glorify God and provide salvation for His people meant that He came. So consider these words from Hebrews 10:5-10:
Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:
‘Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
with burnt offerings and sin offerings
you were not pleased.
Then I said, “Here I am – it is written about me in the scroll –
I have come to do your will, my God.”’
First he said, ‘Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them’– though they were offered in accordance with the law. Then he said, ‘Here I am, I have come to do your will.’ He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
These are beautiful words concerning the commitment of our Saviour to give Himself, and thereby His time, to bring glory to God and salvation to His people.
Accordingly, let us be very careful in using the “I just don’t have time to……..” words. And don’t forget that the adage remains that “everyone makes time for what they want to make time for”.