Spend Your Time Wisely

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Contributed by Mike Scott, Elder Overseer of Web/Graphic Arts/Media at Image Church

Exhausted. Tired. Overwhelmed. Do any of these words describe how you may feel right now? For those of us that live in the DC Metropolitan area, I think it is easy to feel this way most of the time. Life can seem to get crazy here sometimes for us. Lately, I have pondered what it must have been like as a disciple and what it would have been like to walk next to Jesus when He walked the earth. I sometimes think how crazy they were to doubt or betray Jesus after physically seeing Him do miracles and prophesy.  I often wonder if they knew how long Jesus were going to be here if they would have done things different.

Mark 14:32-42 And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. 34 And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.”  35 And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36 And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” 37 And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? 38 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 39 And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. 40 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy, and they did not know what to answer him. 41 And he came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”

These were the final hours that the disciples had with Jesus at the Garden of Gethsemane. He asked them to pray and they kept falling asleep. Do you think if they had it to do again they would have stayed awake?  A few things pop out in these verses. In verse 38, we see Jesus say to watch and pray so we won’t enter into temptation. He follows that up with the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Since we are flesh we are weak, and it is important that we are in the Word and praying so that we don’t fall into temptation. It is so easy to get caught up with life and our jobs and even serving in the ministry that we aren’t in God’s Word and praying like we should. If that happens, we will become weak and let the flesh make our decisions. Remember what Challenge 77 is about and to not just do this for 77 days.

No matter how busy we get or how tired we are, it is important to be in God’s Word and praying every day.

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