Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Exodus 20:8
People can be made holy. (See Isaiah 6 when he is purified in the throne room of God) Places can be made Holy. (See Exodus 3 when Moses takes off his sandals for the place he stands is holy ground) Things can be made holy. (See Mark 5 when the woman is healed by touching the hem of Jesus’ cloak)
Time can also be made holy. In fact, the third commandment requires it! To be made holy is to be set apart for a special purpose. God wants at least one day a week to be set apart for our benefit. Set aside time for rest.
I have a date on my calendar that is set apart. I’m planning a hiking trip with my boys, and nothing will get in the way of that time. Not work. Not family. Not any other commitments. It’s time that is set aside for a special purpose.
Time with God can be set apart each week. Sunday’s work well for many people. You might want to set aside even more time though. Daily devotional time for Bible reading and prayer is vital to the life of a disciple. Start by setting aside 15 minutes each day, and increase until you reach 30, 45, or 60 minutes.
The cool thing about setting aside time for God is that He also sets aside time for YOU! It’s like when you make a date on your calendar for lunch with a friend. You block off an hour on next Tuesday to meet at Panera. They also block off an hour to meet you at Panera. It’s special time. When you set aside time to meet God, He sets aside time to meet with YOU. That’s making time Holy!
Dear Jesus, thank you for making my time Holy! Amen.