The Bible encourages everyone to give tells us that “God loves a cheerful giver” and we all, whether we are rich or poor, have the ability to give to others, because there is one thing that is free that all can give: Time.
“We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.”
In the above verse, Jesus made a point to the disciples that the opportunity of doing the will of the father must not be lost. In short, as Christians we have a call to duty and we must not squander our time, but make the best use of it.
Jesus had a mission and his disciples, by accepting his call, are also pledged to the mission. A day’s work must be done in a day. The work of God must be accomplished before the “End of Days” comes. At that point, the point of which Jesus is referencing as a time “when no one can work,” it is too late.
The calling of Christians is to let the world know that there is one God that created all. Jesus called on all his followers (Christians) to spread the word of God, the gospel, to all the world and convert them to Christianity.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,”
– Matthew 28:19
“He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”
– Mark 16:15
“If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?”
Thoughts and prayers for others are important, but in many cases – it is not enough. Christians are called on to do more. They are to help the needy, the poor, the sick, the hungry, the ill, orphans and widows.
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
– Acts 20:35
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
– Hebrews 13:16
If you are someone who has wealth or an abundance of material goods, you are in a position to use those advantages to help others. In fact, God expects you to share your blessings with those less fortunate.
“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”
– 1 John 3:17
But what if you don’t have much or are poor? That doesn’t mean you can’t give. Every one of us has something to give, something that does not cost us money. That something is time.
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
–2 Corinthians 9:7
Pastor Rick Warren says that the “way to spell love is T-I-M-E.” In his book, The Purpose Driven Life,” Warren writes: “The essence of love is not what we think or do or provide for others, but how much we give of ourselves.”
“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
Sometimes, time is the most important and meaningful gift you can give to another person. Giving your time is giving love. It shows you care and value another person. Giving your time exemplifies “loving others as yourself.”
Lastly, the other important element of your time you need to give up freely is time in the service of God/Jesus. Not only to serve God, but to pray to God in gratitude and dedicate time to molding yourself in the loving spirit and image of Christ by studying God’s word and living them in practice.
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”