If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I love my Fitbit. I try to get at least 6,000 steps or 30 active minutes per day (active minutes meaning 30 minutes of continuous movement). This is not as easy as one would think considering I have a desk job and it’s getting chilly outside.
Some days I aim for just getting the 6,000 steps while other days I try for the 30 active minutes. If I’m feeling particularly active, I will go for both! On those days, it would make sense for me to walk quickly or even jog to get the most steps possible in 30 minutes. This made me think about the spiritual application of time.
Think of the steps as lost souls and the minutes as years. If my goal is just to make it to Heaven in 30 years, it doesn’t matter how fast or slow I’m working for the Lord–the goal is just to make it in! But if my goal is to win as many souls for the Lord as possible in those 30 years, it would make sense for me to work as quickly as possible. I don’t have time to waste on the things of this world. I don’t have time for a leisurely stroll around the block, I have a race to run!
Jesus commanded us to “…Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15). And the Apostle Paul admonishes us to “…lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1)
Of course, even when running a race, you can’t sprint the whole thing; you must pace yourself or else you will get exhausted and be unable to finish. It’s the same in our walk with God. It’s okay to take vacation with your family. It’s okay to scroll Instagram for twenty minutes at the end of a long day. It’s okay to read a book and get lost in another world for a while. But let’s not lose sight of our goal.
I don’t want to get so caught up in my own life that I forget to invite someone to church for a whole month. I don’t want to be so tired from working all week that I can’t go do outreach. I don’t want to be so wrapped up in my money goals that I can’t spare five dollars to feed a homeless person. I don’t want to get so content with my own salvation that I no longer have a burden for the lost.
I don’t want to just glide into Heaven, I want to take everybody with me!