Have you ever sat down to seriously audit how you spend your time?
The truth is that many of us don’t even think of time as a resource that we shall be held to account for by God.
Secondly, we do not consider that we have enough time to do all that we would like to do. The 24 HRS God has given us in “NOT ENOUGH” (HENCE MISSION 25)
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but wise, making the best use of the TIME, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
In a research conducted by USIU-Africa on Social Media Consumption in Kenya in 2018; found out that 88.5% of Kenyans are on Facebook; 88.6% are on WhatsApp. (I have just mentioned the big two otherwise there are others such as You-Tube, Instagram, Snapchat, Google, LinkedIn Twitter etc)
The three motivations behind using Social Media:
- 31% for acquiring information (News, knowledge and exploration);
- 28% for entertainment and pleasure and
- 24% for social interaction.
What was also interesting is that Most Kenyans aged 21-35 years spend more than 3 Hrs daily on Social Media. While most Kenyans use Social Media to stay in touch with others, the main reason most Kenyans are active on Social Media is for news, politics and entertainment. It has become such a big Industry that Kenya now is known as the Silicon Savanah due to its dynamic growth in ICT. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. The most active group on Social Media is 26-35 Years, while the least is 46 Years and above. Men are more active in Social Media than Women in Kenya. When they surveyed use of Social Media by religion, they found out that generally, Protestants are the heaviest consumers of social media in Kenya (48.7%) followed by Roman Catholics (27.7%), Muslims (15.6%), while the Hindu rarely use social media (1.5%).
Most men use Facebook (62.1%) Twitter (70%) WhatsApp (61.9%) and Instagram (62.4%) for personal identity (personal stability, social status, need for self-respect). Women use the same platforms Facebook (44.7%), Twitter (39.8%), WhatsApp (46.6%), and Instagram (52.3%) to escape some things in society. (release tension, shifting attention from unpleasant happenings etc)
Motivation for using Social Media by Religion Affiliation:
The protestants mainly use the platforms for escaping societal realities (50.8%) social interaction (50.5%)
Catholics for entertainment (27.2%), information acquisition (27%)
Muslims for personal identity (19.3%)
I would like us to look at what God expects us to do with the time He has given to us.
- Redeem Time: Choose to take charge of your time to the best of your ability. We are challenged to use time responsibly. If we do not manage our time to do what God has asked us to do, someone else with a different agenda will manage our time.
1 Chronicles 12:32 “Men of Issachar, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do.” They were given to David for battle at Hebron to turn Saul’s kingdom over to him as the Lord had said.
Seek God’s guidance: Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God created in advance for us to do.” We are created in Jesus Christ for good works. God has ordained us to accomplish good works for His kingdom and He has already set it aside for us through the various gifts He has given to each of us. Ask the Lord every day to help you identify which work He has set out for you to do for His kingdom. How can you use the gifts and talents He has given you? Ask God to help you manage your recreation, family, friendships, so that you can have time for ministry witnessing and service. Ask Him every morning to renew your energy so that you can have strength and time to serve Him.
- Plan your Schedule: John 9:4-5 “As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Do you know your God given goals? What is your purpose in life? Is it just come make money, paint the city red or do you have a purpose in life? Learn to organize your time to maximum efficiency and productivity. Set aside time for work that is directly related to your God given goals and that includes serving in His kingdom. Any other schedule is self-serving and has no reward. Plan for the day, plan for the week, plan for the month, plan for the year. Serve God with all your faculties.
- Remove the clutter: In Exodus 40:1-16; God instructed Moses to the finest detail how he should organize and build the Tabernacle. God is not a God of confusion. He is not Ad hoc but He is a God of purpose and proper planning. Many of us want to give God the left over of our tired bodies. But God wants us to have purposed to serve Him and allow productive time for His work. Ask the Lord to help you remove the clutter that is in your life. The things that distract and pull you away from your God given goals and purposes. Clutter includes the time that you spend in doing unplanned, unscheduled and unimportant activities and obligations. You must not be in every wedding committee, you must not join every chama, you must not join every school board or estate resident’s association that you are invited to be an official. Find time to invest in the kingdom of God.
- Rely on God’s wisdom: If you are not sure whether what you have purposed to do is within Gods given goals, take time to enquire from Him. One of the clearest ways to know whether you are within His set goals for you is by testing how much what you’re doing is impacting other people’s lives. If all you do is create wealth for yourself, if what you do keeps you away from your family more than it should and sacks your energy so that you have little left for others including your family and serving in your church, then you are operating on the wrong track. Is your sequence of activities, events, or tasks in the right order? How much TIME is reserved for serving God and His people? Evaluate your life today.
Psalm 90:12 “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
Life is short and we must learn to use the TIME God has given us wisely and for eternal good. We must ask ourselves when we are held to account on how we used the time God gave us, will we be able to say that we used it in serving His purposes or our purposes?
Now listen you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.
May God today help us with wisdom, to find TIME to serve Him.
Rev. Julius Wainaina – Senior Pastor ICC Imara