Encouraging, Living, Reaching


How We Spend Our Time With God

How We Spend Our Time With God

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. (Malachi 3:10 NASB)

What do you think of when I say “Tithing”?

For some in the church, this means taking 10% off of your overall income and giving it to God. Others might say that the tithe ended at the cross with all of the Old Testament Levitical laws. There is no tithe, and besides, God wants a cheerful giver, not someone who does so because they feel that they have to.

Others may be cynical enough to say that the church just holds that over the people’s heads so they can get their money to pay the pastors and the staff.

A new idea

No matter what your belief of the tithe in the Old Testament is or in most churches today, I was presented with a concept that I’d like to share with you about how you spend your day with God.

The idea is that based on the old 10% tithing of the Old Testament, can we take each 24 hour day and give God at least 2 hours and 40 minutes of those days to dedicate to prayer, reading and study?

No time?

Now I know what you might be thinking: “I don’t have that much time to spare in a day!” Fair enough, but how much time do you spend on social media in a given day? Perhaps MORE than 3 hours for some of us? If so, you have time to at least try this.

Look, I’m guilty of the social media obsessions as well. I spend far too much time using it, and often it makes me depressed. So what better way to be so blessed by the Lord than to make the time for Him, rather than our usual 5 minute prayer and a quick devotional? Yup, I’ve been totally guilty of that since I came to know the Lord 5 years ago. What I challenge, I’m willing to do so myself.

Everything to gain

You really have nothing to lose, and you have everything to gain. Yes, it may not look like that at first, but trust me, that’s really just self-talk from the enemy of your soul telling you that you have so much to do and your present “plan” is just fine.

Do we want “fine” or do we want God? All I’m suggesting is just to try it for at least 3 days straight, you’d be amazed at the blessing that you feel and experience from putting God first.

Pat Van Horne

Pat Van Horne is the website operator and Facebook page administrator for Bethel-Park Bible Chapel in Brantford Ontario. He enjoys reading in his spare time and has dedicated himself to reaching the homeless of downtown Brantford. You can read about the many lessons that the Lord is teaching him at believerscrossroads.com

2 Responses to How We Spend Our Time With God

  1. Tom

    Better yet, Pat, combine the two. Pray, study and take the time to write down your conclusions and post them online when you’ve had time to work them through.

    We could all do with less tweeting and instant, reflexive commenting. Maybe we could replace these with more reflection and sharing of well-considered thoughts.

    • Pat

      The only problem I’ve found with that Tom is that it still can keep some of us “Social Media Minded”, rather than focused on what God wants to tell us. Sometimes, I think we need to keep our quiet time to ourselves as an intimate moment with the Lord. Just my thoughts…

Send us a Comment

We would love to get your views on this article. We accept posts that contribute to the understanding of the topic addressed. Please address your comments to the author directly and read our comments policy before posting.

Your email address will not be published.

*

*