Monday, September 22, 2008
And he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. (Matthew 6:33)
A man was out driving in the country during a heavy rainstorm when he came across an old farmer who was surveying the ruins of his barn. He pulled over and to ask the farmer what happened.
“Roof fell in,” the farmer replied.
“What happened with it? Why did it fall in?” asked the stranger.
“It leaked so long, it just finally rotted through,” the farmer said.
“Why in the world didn’t you fix it before it rotted through?”
“Well, sir,” said the farmer, “I just never did seem to get around to it. When the weather was good, there wasn’t a need for it. And when it rained, it was just too wet to work on.”
Isn’t it amazing that when you want to do something, you find the time, no matter how busy you are? But when someone asks you to do something you don’t want to do, suddenly there is just no room in the schedule.
This can happen when it comes to the Christian life as well. If we are serving God only when it’s convenient, then we are settling for second-best. If we only make time for the things of God when something better doesn’t come along first, then we are missing out on what God wants to do in our lives.
How much better it is to make time for the things of God—to put the things of God above everything else. How much better it is to get your priorities right.
Instead of making excuses, make time for the Lord. It is not only the simple way to live, but also the best way.
Copyright © 2008 by Harvest Ministries. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.
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The Bible says, "If any man be in Christ, he is an altogether different kind of person. Old things have passed away. Everything becomes fresh and new." That is the truth I want you and everyone who reads this book to come away with. And it is a message not just of hope, but also of Christ's redemptive power.