Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Spending Time with Christ: Where Is Christ in Your Schedule?


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Spending Time With Christ
Where is Christ in Your Schedule?
Anyone can tell you that humans are busy these days. Everyone is miserable, sick, busy, frustrated, and although technology has improved people's lives to an extent, it is largely one of the causes for our complicated lives today. I'm not going to bash technology; Lord knows I love my computer and internet. But in your busy life, where is Christ? God is just a word. The real person is an experience-- a relationship, yet so few people ever take time for him in their busy schedules and deadlines and all the fun things they want to do. Think of it this way, most people think about their families, jobs friends, pets, and the things they want to do in their free time often throughout the day. In fact, most people think about such things for several minutes or more every hour they spend awake. Yet I say to myself at the end of the day, "But what about Christ?" When you say you "love" your family, it is obvious you think about them a great deal. Each day your mind drifts to those you love and how you miss them, wish you were with them, about their coming birthdays and so on.
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But where is Christ? See, my point is that people all-too-often say that they love Christ and are Christians, but being a Christian means setting him higher than anything on earth, including all your friends and families, even above your own happiness. Living is not about living happily; It's about living for Christ. As a Christian, you gave your life to Him, meaning He chooses your fate and the things that may or may not happen in life. If this is so, and you've "given" your life to Jesus, why then do you spend so little time thinking about Him?

AMERICANS IN 2011:
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The average college student spent about 2 hours per day//10-13 hours per week studying
The average teenager spent approximately 31 hours per week internet surfing
On an average day, 95% of people age 15+ spent 5-6 hours per day in leisure activities like TV, socializing, or exercising. Of that time, TV comprised ~50%
Employed persons spent an average of 7.6 hours working each business day
The Kaiser Family Foundation survey of 2,002 people showed that people ages 8 to 18 spend 7.5+ hours using media like iPods, cell phones, videogames and computers in a typical day, totaling 53 hours per week
AND YET CHRISTIANS:
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Less than 10% of professed Christians have ever read the entire Bible at least once
In a recent Library of Congress survey, only 34% of American Christians read the Bible weekly, and of that group only 13% claim to read it daily
The Gallop Poll in 2006 showed that 72% do not believe the Bible was God-Breathed and 49% said it was inspired but not to be read literally
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Where is Christ again? For alleged Christians who "gave" their spirits and existences solely to Christ, I'm not seeing much giving. Where is Christ in your life? Is he lucky enough to be crammed between the hours you spend playing videogames or listening to music? Are you one of those people who say you love Christ, but spend 7.5+ hours a day on your cell phone and Facebook, and no time reading your Bible each day? When was the last time you thought about the poor of the world, the sick, the hungry, or about what Christ may want you to do with your career or life? When you get to heaven, will Christ testify to your love for Him, or will be say He "never knew you?"
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21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
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Christ gave His life for you, and you must do the same. Love Christ more than your videogames and cell phone. Your "fun time" will not get you into heaven

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