Written by Rachel Denison
Recently Craig and I enrolled in a discipleship school with our church. In this school we have many different requirements. One of them this year is to read through the entire Bible in 9 months. This is one of those things I thought I could not possibly accomplish. With all we are already doing, how could I have time to read through the Bible on top of it all?
God has been challenging me to acknowledge the spare moments I am actually given. I have been shocked. I have so much more time than I realized. I just fill all my spare moments with fiddling on my phone, texting people randomly, reading pointless articles or aimlessly scrolling on social media feeds. As God has called us to allow him to determine our capacity, I have been shocked at his assessment. Of course, like always, he was right. We had much more capacity for the things of God in our lives than we were originally allowing.
Now rather than scroll through social media when I’m bored or have a second, I am forced to use that time productively. Without these requirements, I would not have otherwise known I could accomplish something like this. I would’ve shrugged it off and said there is no way I can read through the Bible that quickly. I don’t have the time—when I actually do.
Today I want to encourage you to assess your spare moments. Where are you drifting to when you’re not immediately entertained? Could you possibly have more space in your life than you thought?
I have been shocked at how life-giving and enriching this simple process has been. How might God want to use your spare moments you often throw away or deem meaningless? We can and should allow him to define our capacity and even the value/purpose of a spare five minutes. I think we will be surprised at all he can do with the little we give him.
“After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand.
Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to ‘Philip, Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?’ He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.
Philip answered him, ‘Two hundred denarii worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.’
One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him, ‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?’
Jesus said, ‘Have the people sit down.’ Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted.
And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.’ So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten.
When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, ‘This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!’” –John 6:1-1