Welcome to the new year. New resolve, new opportunity, and a new start all run face first into the old wall… BUSYNESS. We all feel busy… too busy. But busy with what? We want to be effective, to simplify, to streamline, and ultimately to rest! But how in the world can we? As Christ followers we occasionally remember that our lives matter to God but busyness chokes out this awareness and steals away the quality of life we long for. Jesus said he came to give abundant life to all who would trust in Him. Surely the pressure and pace of our age is not what He meant.
What does your schedule reveal about your life? Your heart? Your values & character?
Life is an incredible, frightening, joyful, frustrating gift from our Creator. It is meant to be lived in relationship with Him. As Christ followers, we recognize the added layer of being accountable to God for the lives we are given. Surely the crazy busy pace of our world is not what He wants for His children. But if not, how are we meant to make the most of the life He has given us?
This week we will wrestle with the question of how to live for God by managing the time God gives us. Time really is life. At least life is bound by time. Therefore, how we manage time really is how we manage our lives.
We will examine Ephesians 5:15-21 where we are commanded to pay attention to how we live and to “make the most of our time.” We will also consider Jesus statement about what is most important in life in Luke 10. This one key is the only thing that can give us a chance to do it right in our crazy busy age. If there is one bottom line for this week it is the truth that to manage our time we must make time for Jesus.
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil. Eph 5:15
Doing this means seeking time with Jesus first! Letting His voice, values and truth inform our priorities, activities and scheduling decisions. It means letting what matters to Jesus matter in our schedules. Learning to do this takes time and practice. Learning to trust Him is the key. Join us this weekend as we consider why this matters and how it works.
Prepare for the weekend by looking closely at how you manage your schedule. How is this going for you? What does your schedule reveal about your life? Your heart? Your values & character? What place does Jesus have in it now? What would it look like if He got priority time in your life?