Hanging pocket watch

Time is something that we all have-the and amount of time for each of us in any given day is the same-but time is something that always seems to be in short supply. This is what I have learned as I have grown older especially over the last two years since joining the ministry. Without question, time is something that must be handled properly and to do this, we must have priorities. As I sit here staring at this computer screen over the last two weeks, I have been desiring and wanting to do different things but I know that there are more important things that must be done first. At this point in my life, the ministry is one of my favorite to go places for work and for relaxation but with that said, over the last two weeks, my personal and professional obligations have taken me away from my ministry work.

This is not to say that the ministry is on the back burner as it will never be but God is clear in His word that we are to prioritize our activates. In the parable of the talents, the master goes away for a period of time but before he leaves, he gives his servants a certain amount of money (talents). While he was gone, two of the servants double their original amount of money but the third one sits on the money and does nothing. When the master returns, he learns of what has happened and is pleased with the two servants who did well with their money but is not pleased with the third servant who did nothing. The master tells the third servant to leave but before he does, he takes the money back and gives it to the first servant (Matthew 25).

The overall meaning of this parable is God’s people are to use their God given talents to spread the Kingdom of God and the Give Your Witness ministry is one way that we at Give Your Witness ministry spread the Kingdom of God. While each of us would love to spend every possible moment doing ministry work, this is just not possible for anyone in any profession but God knows each heart which is why we should not get frustrated with our time or lack of time.

Perhaps I’m not the best one to make such a statement as I get frustrated all the time because I do not have enough time to do certain things that I want but we must do what we have to do before we do what we want to do. If we do not take care of business then serious problems will come about. This is a reminder that so many of us take into consideration and stick to the grind regardless of what it may entail: “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him” (Colossians 3:17). In layman’s terms, in all things that we are a part of, give God the glory as well as thanks for all opportunities.

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him” (Colossians 3:17).

-Colossians 3:17

There have been multiple times in my life when I put off what I needed to do to do what I wanted to do which is not a good practice for anyone. By doing this I had to make up the work by working overtime or missed the deadline which is not what we ever want to do. What we do here at Give Your Witness is a real need in the world and we do it not because we have to but because it is our desire. We prioritize the ministry because it glorifies God but it’s not always easy to find time to do so. The good thing about serving Jesus Christ is it’s all in His timing, not ours which is a line I’m sure everyone has heard a time or time but it’s as true as it is old and because of God’s faithfulness towards us, we have these opportunities which illustrates that God prioritizes us!

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”


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Written by Billy Ray Parrish


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