No Time for Jesus
by Dr. D. Wayne Beeks | August 19, 2017
“Let me ask you, how many atheists are now in this house? Perhaps not a single one of you would accept the title, and yet, if you live from Monday morning to Saturday night in the same way as you would live if there were no God, you are practical atheists.” ― Charles H. Spurgeon
Are you a “practical atheist”, only a practicing Christian a couple hours a week, maybe only on Sunday mornings for a couple of hours “doing your time in church” to make up for your week filled of transgressions? “I am just too busy throughout the week to read and live in His word; I just don’t have time.” We live in very busy and stress filled times, and I can concede that, but every day is filled with missed opportunity to spend time with Jesus, and time to read and meditate on the Word.
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.” (Psalm 1:1-2 ESV)
No time for Jesus? Let’s look at one of the biggest time wasters common to almost everyone, the smartphone, aka cellphone. How many times a day do you pull out your cellphone to check text messages, check and post to Facebook, play games, etc.? Recent studies show that an average person checks their cellphone 110 – 150 times a day. There are several studies that put the number much higher. One study showed users touch or access their phones on average of 2,617 times a day on average, with 10% of those in the study touching their phones 5,427 times a day! Incredible!
Clearly during all that time there must be some time for Jesus? I would challenge everyone to install a bible app on their phone, their tablet, or even both. There are dozens of apps out there, and most are free. Ligonier Ministries has one, and Olive Tree has an app with a reading plan to read the Bible in 90 days. Out of all those times you check your phone, why not make it a point to read your bible app for a few minutes, several times through the day. I predict, over a short time, you will find yourself reading from that app increasingly, and in turn, growing in the knowledge of His word, and furthering your walk with Him every day.
“But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.” (Luke 11:28)
Lord, we are bombarded with distractions from all angles throughout each day. Help us to focus on what’s important, to use our time more effectively; to find more time in our days for prayer and in Your word. Guide us in our walk with You, that we live as Christians every day, praising Your glory.
In the name of Jesus we pray,