I heard a story one time about a man who had a reputation as loving children. One day he poured some fresh concrete for a sidewalk at his house. Some of the neighborhood children scratched their names and the date into the concrete. When the man saw it, he was extremely angry, ranting and raving.
When someone asked, “I thought you loved children.” His response was, “That is in the abstract, not the concrete.” I know it is something of a corny story, but it makes the point.
Jesus said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God.” (Matt. 6:33) We talk a lot in the abstract about “loving God” and “putting Jesus first” as Christians. But is it in the abstract or the concrete. It occurs to me that there are two areas that speak loudly about the “concrete”, our calendars and our wallets (or bank accounts”. What would I discover about you by examining your calendar and your finances?
How we spend, or invest our time and money speaks volumes about what is really important in our lives. Jesus gave us one mission, to make disciples. If I don’t have time to invest in His mission, and if I don’t allocate money to invest in it, I am only giving lip service to being a follower of Jesus.