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A testimony from a beginner: How to make full use of time to grow quickly

This is my testimony on how to make full use of time to grow quickly in Jesus under the supervision of the Holy Spirit.

Ideally, every minute can be used for our growth, and every minute of the 24 hours is a gift from the Lord. Every minute is precious, for our King is coming soon!

I find that it is helpful to steer my heart toward Jesus and the Father at all times. Our Lord Jesus is always in the Father in whatever He does. When we enjoy being alone with the Lord, the Spirit, it is truly a privilege and delight to know more of Jesus day by day as we read and practise Jesus’ words.

The following are examples of how I use my time, money, and body parts to follow Jesus, and I have listed some suggestions. You may have your own ways to equip yourself for the returning of our Lord Jesus. And the Holy Spirit will guide you.

Suggestions on how to make full use of time to read the Bible:

  1. Set aside days to highlight, read, sing and write the Bible, and do the other work on the other days. For example, I work three days a week, so I set aside three full days to fully concentrate on the words of God. I do laundry and reply emails on my working days, so that I won’t get distracted.
  2. Take a Bible with you everyday, and make full use of the time while you are waiting, on the way, having lunch breaks, etc. You can read for at least 3 mins, 10 mins or even 20 mins during these times.
  3. Make full use of the part of the day when you are the most efficient. For example, I am the most efficient in the morning. So I try to have a late lunch or light lunch so that I can read as much as possible when I am the most efficient. You may be the most efficient in the evening, so try to make full use of that time. Or I can be more efficient when the presence of the Lord is strong; do not waste a minute of that time, for that time is indeed precious.
  4. Get up earlier. I know the Lord wakes up a brother every morning. I failed at waking up that early at the beginning, so I try to sleep one hour less, and gradually reduce the time I need for sleep. Recently I have started to wake up very early, for the time is short!
  5. Make use of the time when you are asleep. For example, I download MP3 Bibles and play the four gospels or the music from the Holy Spirit’s Workshop repeatedly while I am asleep. After I got used to it, I felt more refreshed than when they were not played. I also pray to the Lord to help me to grow when I am asleep.
  6. Make a plan and push through. You can make a plan on how much you are going to read for half a day, a week, or a month, or how many Bibles you are going to read during a certain period of time.
  7. Meditate on the words of God.

Suggestions on how to make full use of time to practise Jesus’ words:

1.  Use your life to fulfil the word of Jesus. Live the word of Jesus. Think about how you can apply His word in your daily life. I find that only when we try to live the word can we learn to appreciate its absolute truthfulness and fullness.

2. Many of the teachings can be practised anywhere at any time.

I always remind myself to practise “…Freely you have received, freely give.”

I can pray for my own enemies or the enemies of Jesus and His chosen ones when I am on my way somewhere.

Forgiveness and repentance can be practised anywhere at any time, whether I am eating, drinking, walking, or working.

When I speak, I can practise simply letting my “Yes” be “Yes”, and my “No” be “No”, and practise “ He who speaks on his own does so to gain honour for himself, but he who works for the honour of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.” I often remind myself that “Those who do not know tell, those who know do not tell.” Talk less and practise more.

Loving one another can also be practised anywhere at any time. Treasure our brothers and sisters in our hearts. Be thankful for their love for the Lord and for you. Think about what you can do for them now and in the future. Our enemies will be friends just like Herod and Pilate. So we must unite as one. One’s strengths can cover another one’s weaknesses.

3.  Grab every opportunity to practise Jesus’ words in your daily life.

When we are dealing with unpleasant people, we should practise loving them.

If we have money we should practise  “…use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.”

4.  Put more effort and time into practising the teachings the Holy Spirit wants you to practise at this particular stage.

5.  A personal method: I use relevant words to help myself to overcome my weaknesses or the sins that are easy for me to commit. For example, I really need to practise forgiveness, humility, not being afraid, not judging, not worrying and loving my enemies. So I write the related words in a notebook so that I can meditate and memorise them, ready for my practice.

6.  A lesson I have learned: The quicker I grow, the more urgent it is for me to forgive others, to forget my past and to overcome my weaknesses.  So I need to practise dying to myself, and always remind myself, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”

7. Use your body parts for your growth.

We have many body parts, and there are always some body parts unused when we are doing things. Try to multitask. Try to practise: “…anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”

When we are eating, we may use our feet to practise: believe and forgive.

While we are using our hands, we may speak in tongues.

While we are walking, we may use our hands to practise turning one thing into another.

When we are in a crowd, our hearts can still be with the Lord.

I find that it is important to practise being thankful in all circumstances, especially in difficult circumstances, and to praise the Lord for everything He has done and for who He is.

We can use our thoughts to practise many things.

A hard lesson I have learned: Do not follow your own growth; focus instead on Jesus, and He will grow you. When I followed my own growth, I became very self-centred, and it is really hard to practise many of the teachings of Jesus when I am always looking to myself. Then one day, I was reminded that love is not self-seeking, and I felt that I was freer to seek the good of the Lord and others.

When you feel discouraged, remember it is all about practice. The Lord and we are here with you. This is how I feel: Though the way to perfection is hard for the flesh, for when you love the burden is light and as Jesus said, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

When you feel it is hard to continue, pray to the Lord. Then get up and march forward. For Jesus said, “…but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” Keep awake, for He is coming soon!

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