During my devotions tonight I was reading through 1 John. In the devotional book I’m doing along with reading the Bible, there was a passage regarding 1 John 1:4. The verse is: “We write this to make our joy complete.” The statement regarding that verse reads, “With his final words being ‘make our joy complete,’ he described a perfect and permanent situation that will occur only in heaven…. In this way, he led his readers back to before time existed and forward to when time as we know it will no longer exist” (Emphasis added).
As soon as I read the words indicated in bold, I caught myself having a small heart attack. I’m a very punctual person, and I like to be five or ten minutes early to all of my appointments. Whether it’s class, rehearsal, Sunday School, Bible Study, etc; if I’m not early, I’m late. So reading and realizing that time won’t exist when we’re in heaven freaked me out a little bit.
As I write this, I’m trying to figure out why time is such an important part of my life. I really value my time, and when people take up my time without my consent (i.e., class runs over the allotted time, people drive too slowly) I get really frustrated. I’m understanding now that the concept of time and being on time and keeping everything running on time is just one of the many idols I have in my life. Idols don’t have to be golden statues; idols can be laziness, the need for acceptance, time, pride, money, work, school, anything that takes the place of God.
There are so many things that I put before God, and time is definitely one of my idols. I don’t even mean to idolize my time and time management, but Satan’s tricky like that: he’ll sneak things onto the top of your priority list that you didn’t even see until they’ve already pushed God out of the way. He’ll distract you with things that are seemingly good, until you realize (and even if you don’t realize) they’ve taken God’s place. It’s a daily struggle for me to keep God first in my heart and mind, especially when there are so many other things I have to do each day. The only way to keep God as my top priority is to pray and read His word daily.
If I don’t post until after Thanksgiving, have a wonderful holiday and safe travels!