We live in a culture whose highest value is entertainment. People spend hours watching television or playing video games every evening. We also spend enormous amounts of money going to the movies, sports games, and other shows, as well as taking vacations.
One of the ways we entertain ourselves is with our hobbies. Whether it’s reading, gardening, fishing, scrapbooking, or playing golf, we all participate in activities we find relaxing or fun. And we spend more time and money on our hobbies as time goes on.
If you are a Christian, Jesus changes your hobbies. Discipleship is an all-inclusive process. He is Lord of every area of your life, including what you do to relax. He uses your hobbies to make you productive and useful for Him.
Jesus Makes Us Productive
The Bible affirms productivity as a virtue. Paul says “to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands” (1 Thessalonians 4:11). Peter tells us to develop qualities that “will keep [us] from being ineffective and unproductive in [our] knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:8).
The Bible also speaks against laziness. Paul commands us “to keep away from every brother who is idle” (2 Thessalonians 3:6). Proverbs often denounces the “sluggard,” one who is inactive (6:6, 13:4, 20:4, 26:15).
These passages do not speak directly to our hobbies. However, they do apply to our hobbies because productivity is a fruit the Spirit will bear in our lives.
Think about your hobbies – are they productive or unproductive? Productive hobbies help us learn and develop new skills. These skills can be used for the Lord by serving the church or raising money for the poor.
Productive hobbies also help us form and develop new relationships. These relationships can be used for the Lord as opportunities to witness, or as opportunities for discipleship.
Jesus Expects a Profit
Jesus tells a parable about productivity in Matthew 25:14-30. In the parable, a man entrusts his property to his servants before going on a journey. He entrusted them with five talents, two talents, and one talent. He settled accounts with them upon his return.
The servants who had been entrusted with five talents and two talents doubled their money, earning their master’s approval. But the servant who had been entrusted with one talent buried his in the ground, incurring his master’s disapproval and harsh condemnation.
Jesus told this parable so that His disciples would be ready for His return. He will hold us accountable for how we use the time and resources He puts at our disposal. He expects us to keep busy diligently earning Him a profit, for He too will return to settle accounts with us.
Think about the amount of poverty and injustice in the world. Think about the number of people who need to hear the gospel, even in our own country. Think about the needs in your church and community. Think about the epidemic of spiritual immaturity.
Now think about your hobbies. Are you productively earning a profit for Jesus? Or are you just entertaining yourself? Are you faithfully using the resources He has given you? Or will He take away your talent and give it to the one who has ten?
How are you using your hobbies to “earn a profit” for Jesus? Leave your thoughts with a comment below!
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