In the last post, we talked about two parables: the Parable of the Talents and the Parable of the Virgins. Where we saw that Jesus used these stories to wake us up to be ready and prepared for when he returns. We saw that He has entrusted us with resources, time and talents and he has high expectations in how we use them. Today we are going talk about one thing you are probably ignoring.
But first, a riddle:
What is the longest, and yet the shortest thing in the world; the swiftest and the most slow; the most divisible and the most extended; the least valued, and the most regretted; without which nothing can be done, and with which many do nothing; which devours everything, however small, and yet gives life and spirit to all things however great? Voltaire
and the most regretted; without which nothing can be done,
and with which many do nothing; which devours everything,
however small, and yet gives life and spirit to all things however great?
Have you guessed the answer yet?
This is a tricky one, but have you ever thought about time as a resource? It is in fact, a finite resource. Meaning you cannot make more time, nor develop time, but you can only use exactly what’s given to you.
And I know there are a million things vying for your time at this moment. You probably have a lot of great excuses why you DON’T have the time to ________ (fill in with your choice of: invite people over, start a new project, or visit someone who you know is lonely,or write a letter to so and so, journal everyday etc. )
So what do you do? Just sit there and feel bad and blame all the things stealing your time?
No, this is where management comes into play. God has given you, like he gave those women, all the resources you need to please, serve him, and live out your destiny (check out this awesome sermon from Mike Bickle on Power of a Focused Life).
We ALL have 24 hours in a day, the challenge is to find the little foxes that eat up, waste your time, and savagely get rid of them.
Why I Ditched Netflix
For instance two years ago my giant time waster was binge watching Netflix every night. My excuse was that I was “too exhausted” every day to be able to do anything else, which seems totally valid when you have four kids six and under. BUT there was a problem, one day I would stand before Jesus. I just couldn’t imagine myself standing in front of Jesus on the day of his coming, or the day of my death and talking to him about all the time he gave me that a spent binge watching Netflix.
This image was SO revolting, that I had to change something. So I bit the bullet and ditched Netflix.
Take a moment to think about what the little foxes in your life could be, and how you can savagely get rid of them.
You Are Here On Purpose
In a moment we are going to look at three things that you can do for your destiny, but first let’s look at John. 15:6 –
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
You were placed here on this Earth for a reason, and provided with personal resources, gifts and abilities that you need in order to walk in the destiny God has planned for you.
Today we are looking at the resource of time, because we are ALL given this same exact resource, and God expects us ALL to manage this precious resource with an eternal perspective in mind.
I think this is a great quote:
Passion for your destiny translates to an aggressive approach to managing your time… there is no reality [of your destiny] until your time commitments and management have the same kind of energy in your life that your passion for your destiny has. Because passion for your destiny and managing your time is the very same subject.
– Mike Bickle
What this means is that whatever God is calling you to do, or serve, or to be doesn’t just magically appear.
You don’t flow by the Spirit into your destiny. But it requires your control in at least these three areas:
Three Ways to Influence Your Destiny
Clarity and Motivation
Actually writing down the changes you’d like to see in your life, or the character you’d like to develop is a great starting point to be clear in what you want.
In my example, I imagined my standing before Jesus and was disturbed at the thought of and that was my intrinsic (or inner) motivation to change how my time was spent. Every choice that comes before me I try to is in light of this eternal perspective, this scene we will all take part in. From this motivation, I can look at all of the choices in my life and make a decision based on this one moment with Jesus.
A Truth and A SECRET
There is a temptation to look around and compare yourself to all these amazing people who are doing great things.
The truth is though: No one can be you.
God has given you exactly what you need to be faithful to him. Don’t look around at everyone else and get depressed because they are doing great things and you barely have the capacity to invite someone over for a coffee.
Here is the secret:
If you are faithful in the little things, that is GOOD! That’s what he sees. Yes, Jesus has high expectations of you, but they are only based on what your ability is. Sometimes he stretches us because he knows we are able to do more, but he provides you with ALL the is necessary. Jesus says in Matthew 6:33,
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Good news for the overwhelmed mom here! Even giving a cup of cold water to the kid down the street on a hot day is seeking the kingdom. He continues in Matthew 10:42,
“And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.”
The Richest Place on Earth
I’m going to end with one more quote, that a friend shared with me many years ago:
“The wealthiest place in the world is not the gold mines of South America or the oil fields of Iraq or Iran. They are not the diamond mines of South Africa or the banks of the world. The wealthiest place on the planet is just down the road. It is the cemetery. There lie buried companies that were never started, inventions that were never made, bestselling books that were never written, and masterpieces that were never painted. In the cemetery is buried the greatest treasure of untapped potential.”
Take some time to think about what God has given you, and if there is anything you are wasting or hiding?
What are the little moments you can be faithful in this week?
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