– Cindy Willingham
Who am I supposed to be spending my time with?
Some where around the time I turned fifty I began realizing that time is the most important thing I have. If someone wants to give me something, give me your time because everything else is just stuff and bottom line; stuff fades. Time is important! So I find myself asking, am I spending my time wisely?
In Acts 16 we meet Lydia, a wealthy woman of influence who loved and worshipped God. She rose early on the Sabbath and went to the river to worship with her friends, as there was no synagogue in her town. This particular morning a couple of men showed up and began teaching about the Messiah and his resurrection. Lydia allowed God to open her heart and she believed in Jesus and was baptized.
From that day forward we see that Lydia purposed to spend her time wisely. She invited her new friends to stay in her home. They started a church there and depended on Lydia as the Gospel spread and others believed. Lydia used her time and probably resources toward kingdom results. Lydia did her part to help Paul and Silas while they were in her city and in her life. When the time came for Paul to move on and start the next church, she remained a faithful member of the church at Philippi, sharing her love of Jesus to all those around her and pouring into their lives. Others believed and the church continued to grow
Who am I supposed to be partnering with…serving with…giving my time to? If I do nothing or If I spread myself too thin I waste the most precious thing I have…my time! I have learned that I cannot get my time back…once it’s gone, that’s it. I can only choose how to spend what time I have left. So spend wisely.
None of us are promised tomorrow. No one gets to the end of their life and wishes they had more stuff. They wish they had more time with the people who were important in their life.
Acts 16 goes on to tell us, after Paul and Silas have been beaten, thrown in prison, survive an earthquake that opens the doors of their prison, and convert and baptize the prison keeper and his whole household, they return to Lydia’s house before they continue on their journey to Thessalonica. (Acts 16:16-40)
Years later when Paul writes back to the Philippians, perhaps he had Lydia in mind: “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now…
Lydia was a wise woman who chose to invest her time with purpose. She poured into the work of Paul and Silas and the Gospel. It paid off. The proof is we are reading about her thousands of years later.