Have you ever wished that your day was just a little bit longer in order to fit everything in? We have so many things taking up valuable time in our relatively short lives. 25-30 years of our life will be entirely taken up by work. Another 26.5 years is spent sleeping. That’s roughly 2/3 of our lifetime between those two! You can add in 6 years for eating, 5 years waiting (lines, doctors office, traffic lights, etc.), 4 years for housework, 2 years at the movies, and just over a year sitting on the toilet. Now, if you were to spend 2 hours a week in church for 60 years, you would end up spending a mere 280 days at church. Yes, its quite possible you will spend more time on the toilet then at church!
Now, my point today is not to chide anyone for a lack of church involvement. If you are taking time to read a daily devotional my guess is spending time in a Christian setting (worship, Vital, Sunday school, small group, etc.) is not exactly your problem. What I want us to think about is: how are you walking with God as we do all of those other things? Because, friends, the reality is we are never going to spend the majority of our time in church. We are going to spend it in the world, interacting with people of all types of different persuasions. The question for us today: how much of that daily life are we spending living for God?
The Great Commission has long been among my favorite verses. In this famous speech the resurrected Christ proclaims that we all need to: go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20
While I’ve loved this passage for years I’ve recently discovered something very interesting about it. The word go in the original Greek is in what is called the present participle tense. That means that perhaps a better translation would be: as you are going. Jesus is not simply telling us to go on a mission trip to share the Good News, nor to only give an offering to the cause. Instead, He is commanding all of us to be living for Him and the gospel as we are going through our daily life. We need to start looking at EVERY moment of our lives as a chance to be living for God. As we go through our work day how are we living for God? How about in our family? When we are at the store? How are we using all of that going time in our lives for the benefit of Christ and His Kingdom? Lets start living for God as we go and live out our daily lives.