February 19, 2021
This message is the continuation of yesterday’s message.
We are still discussing about how to use our time wisely in our routine activities. However, problems usually arise when we do activities outside our routine, our free time.
What do we do in our free time? We often have this kind of mindset: I have been working hard (doing my routine work) then in my free time, I have the right to relax and enjoy whatever I want to do.
Some people might have this motto in life: Work hard, play hard – as I have already worked really hard, then in my free time I can have fun and relax as much as I want.
That is the ‘trap’ of our ‘free time’!
Supposedly, we have the right to use our free time as we see fit, however it is wise to fill it by doing what is useful and build our lives – use and invest in the time God has trusted to us!
1 Corinthians 10:23 (NET) “Everything is lawful,” but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is lawful,” but not everything builds others up.
2 Thessalonians 3:11 (NET) For we hear that some among you are living an undisciplined life, not doing their own work but meddling in the work of others.
We have the right to do anything we like in our free time, but Paul emphasized: Make sure you set your mind to do what is useful and build you life in your free time.
There are many people who spend their free time recklessly. In fact when someone does useless things in his/her free time, he/she leads a life that is counterproductive for him/herself.
For example, someone use his/her free time to watch pornographic movie. It is a useless thing to do (if we don’t want to call it an act of sin). Automatically, his/her brain is flooded with the Dopamine hormone, a type of chemical released in the brain that makes someone feel good or happy.
The problem here is the Dopamine hormone is activated because of the stimulation from the pornographic movie. Something that is considered taboo or violates moral norms. Automatically, when he/she watches it, his/her conscience will accuse him/her. So instead of feeling pleasure, he/she will be consumed with guilt!
If he/she doesn’t respond with repentance, he/she begins to kill his/her conscience. Not to mention the ‘addictive impact’ that he/she had to overcome.
In short, if we do all kinds of useless things in our free time, we are turning our lives counterproductive.
From now on, set our hearts to only do things that are useful and build our lives, even in our free time. #ILoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus