Can you say your life has been time well spent?

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 9, 2006

How do you spend your time? Research has shown that on average, a person living to be 75 years old, will spend their time accordingly.

Note, these are 24 hour periods, 7 days a week.

On average, you will spend: three years getting an education; seven years eating (some more than others); 14 years working; five years riding in an automobile; five years talking (again, some more than others); one year sick; three years reading books/magazines; 12 years watching TV; and 24 years sleeping.

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How much time will you give to God? Think about this… if during those 75 years, you went to church every Sunday … never missing a single Sunday morning service … you would only spend 5 1/2

months going to church.

Do the math.

If you throw in Sunday evening or a Wednesday night, you’re still only looking at 11 months… that’s less than one year of church and 24 years of sleeping! Again I ask, how do you spend your time?

God has clearly stated in Hebrews 10:25 that we should regularly attend church. Many folks comment about our church’s sign on route 141. You see it as you near the top of Kitts Hill … “Visitors are Welcome and Members are Expected.”

In this age of political correctness, some folks may find our sign to be rather direct … but most of the folks I know around here like a person to say exactly what they mean.

That’s what God does in the Bible. He says exactly what he means. He doesn’t parse, he proclaims!

Time here on earth is so valuable. We only have a certain amount of it and then we will be dead. Again, it is directly stated but extremely accurate.

Tuesday was the Fourth of July. We all celebrated our independence.

For many folks that means doing whatever you want to do, whenever you want to do it.

As Christians, our independence is found only in Jesus Christ — doing whatever he wants us to do, whenever he wants us to do it — and feeling more free than ever before!

God has given to us six days and only required one for his day of worship. That’s less than one year in 75 years of life. I hope you’ll make time for God this week. You’ll spend all of eternity living with your decision.

Jeff Davenport is the Senior Pastor at Mamre Baptist Church in Kitts Hill.