Growing with God

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”—Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

Time management is such an important skill to master as we seek to get the most out of the time we’ve been given. But how do we know we’re getting the most out of our time, even with a “well-balanced” schedule?

In Matthew 6:33, Jesus tells us how. During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus instructs believers to stop worrying about their lives, about the future, and about tomorrow. He encourages His disciples to not be consumed by it, to stop spending so much time thinking about needs and security for the future, because “your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things” (Matthew 6:32 NKJV).

Instead, we’re told we should “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you” (Matthew 6:33 NIV). By this, we can see clearly that the greatest use of our time is time with the Lord!

Sadly though, seeking God is usually not at the top of our list. Oh, we may say our relationship with Him is the most important thing, but often our lives tell a different story. Consider what Jesus said in Matthew 6:21 (NIV): “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” It’s been said you can always tell what someone truly values by examining what they spend their time on.

So often, we try to “fit” prayer, worship, time in the Word, church attendance, fasting, and other spiritual disciplines into our busy schedules . . . and then we wonder why we’re not hearing from God, why our relationship with Him sometimes seems stagnant, and why we’re not growing spiritually. There’s no way around it . . . We can’t expect to “fit God into our schedules” and experience deep spiritual growth and personal transformation.

But even more than that, we’re talking about the Creator of heaven and earth, the King of the universe . . . why wouldn’t you want to spend as much time as possible with Him? What could you possibly have to do that is better or more important? If the President of the United States or the Queen of England wanted to spend time with you, would you have to look at your calendar and try to fit them in? Or would you build your schedule around the opportunity to spend time with such a prestigious and important person? In the same way, we shouldn’t have to fit God into our schedules; we should build our schedules AROUND God! We must give Him our best, our first, and our full attention and devotion.

DIG: Read the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5­–7).

DISCOVER: How can you engage in these disciplines consistently? Give realistic time commitments necessary to see growth and transformation happening through these.

DISPLAY: Create a time management sheet chronicling a regular week for you. Consider how you can make spiritual disciplines like prayer, Bible study, worship, fasting, journaling, and quiet time regular, consistent habits in your life.

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.