Honour God with Our Time

“By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks” (Hebrews 11:4).

We read in Genesis where Cain and Abel brought sacrifices unto the God. The Lord had regard for Abel’s offering, but not for Cain’s. Cain was very angry that God accepted Abel’s offering and had disregard for his offering. “The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen” (Genesis 4:6)? God’s warning to Cain, was that his anger had opened a door for sin. God cautioned Cain to take authority over his sinful desire. Cain however, allowed his sinful desire to dominate and this led to the murder of his brother.

This story demonstrates to me that it is possible, to offer God an acceptable sacrifice and an unacceptable sacrifice. The commandment in the Old Testament was to bring animal sacrifices and grain offerings to God. In the New Testament covenant, we no longer need to offer animals as sacrifice for sins. Our sacrifice is our lives, including our gifts, talents and abilities. I believe that one of the main sacrifices that we can offer to God is our time. Time in praise, worship, prayer and service to God is our sacrificial offering to him.

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name” (Psalm 100:4)! Paul also spoke in Hebrews about offering sacrifices of praise unto God. We offer praises unto God with the fruit of our lips. Our attendance at church, honours the requirement to assemble together as saints. This is for the purpose of encouraging, supporting and edifying each other. Our consideration should always be about how much time we give to the things of God. As we seek first the kingdom of God, all things will be added to us.

Our careers should not take priority over our relationship with God. Do we make an effort to get to work on time, yet habitually arrive for church late? Is God pleased with our sacrifice of praise, if we give God a half-hearted sacrifice? When we honour God with our time, he will honour us. I have found that when I honour God with my time, he blesses my efforts at work. We cannot commit more time to things that do not have an eternal significance. I know that our career, surrendered to God is also an act of worship. That being said, we have to treat the things of God as sacred and offer a sacrifice which is acceptable.

A.P.-Y.

15 thoughts on “Honour God with Our Time

  1. As a young believer who really had no clue that Jesus came not just to save us from Hell, but to have an intimate relationship with Him, I was a mess! Could hardly read the Bible, as it all sounded like condemnation; didn’t pray much–because my image of God was that He was “distant”; didn’t know how to praise Him; and certainly didn’t tithe because I had little money…so He really wasn’t getting much from me–time or anything else.

    I am daily grateful that He didn’t give up on me–because just as He knew Peter’s potential, He knew what/who I’d be as the Holy Spirit continued to do His work. I’ll turn 70 in September, and I can’t believe how much I’ve changed–not perfect yet, but in a much better place, abiding in the Lord closely; loving the Bible–not just for its teaching, but because it’s the greatest adventure story every written!

    And this year God has blessed me by finding me a church I can attend “in person”–11 years of doing church online was well worth it, for the great teachers/pastors, but corporate worship is completely different. Life just keeps getting better and better with JESUS. I imagine I’ve told you more than you cared to hear–but you were kind enough to visit my blog, so I hopped over to read a couple posts, and your photo is so inviting…I’m just a jabberer 🙂

    Praying God’s abundant blessings on your life this coming week–so nice to meet you ❤

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    1. Amen 🙏🏾. Bless you so much. I enjoyed hearing your story and I am sure that it will be a blessing to others who read it as much as it blessed me. We are a part of the family of God and our single mission is to advance his kingdom. Whatever any of us can do which helps with soul winning, is our collective assignment. I thank God for your life and I praise God for your journey. May God continue to strengthen you and use you for his glory. Bless you as you continue to be a blessing. 🙏🏾

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  2. I am late in reading this, but what a blessing it was – thank you! My new instalment in my Psalm Sunday series on Psalm 119:4 tomorrow has a similar message. Our Father God demands our complete surrender to Him, and deserves nothing less than this. Thank you for this precious post sister Anneta, may our Father God bless you.

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