If we are too busy using our sickles on each other, we will miss the harvest! – Vance Havner
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. -Psalm 37:3-5
Have you ever felt overwhelmed with a particular task, project, or role that you have in your life? I’ve been there many times. I have to remind myself often that any success I am going to experience is going to come because of what the Lord does. I don’t need to merely ask him to bless my plans. I need to make sure my plans are God’s plans for me. I need to get on board with what He is doing and wants me to do.
Here is a great, simple prayer- “God, what do you want me to do today? Give me wisdom and discernment to know what decisions I need to make!”
It’s short, and simple, but sometimes tough to remember and do!
Have you ever known someone who has done a lot for the Lord? I have several people in my life who have a large influence when it comes to making a difference for the Lord. These kind of people deserve honor, and should be learned from and worked with, yet they are still people. Yesterday we saw some great leadership skills exemplified by Paul. Today this example continues.
Paul recognized those who were influential without holding them in too high regard…
But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man’s person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me: (7) But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter; (v.6-7)
…because he recognized it was the grace of God that allowed them all to accomplish any gospel ministry.
(8) (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:) (9) And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision. (10) Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do. (v.8-10)
So, some points of application for us:
- Sometimes a desire to hold others in too high regard comes from a desire to be held in high regard by others.
- A cure for this is understanding who we are and who God is when it comes to ministry. Every person is given talents, spiritual gifts, and particular ministry that is specific to them. Any true success that anyone has in life is the gracious gift of God.
Any opportunity to do ministry, and any success that comes in ministry is a gracious gift of God.
From my Connection Group Notes this week:
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
-The number of days we will be on this earth is not infinite. It is not a limitless resource.
-You can get more money, but you cannot go get more time.
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
• Being wise with our time means making the best use of our time that we can.
o A budget is just pre-deciding where your money goes.
o This allows you to say yes to the right things and no to the wrong things.
o A schedule is the same thing. You need a schedule
Here is how to get started with on purpose scheduling:
1. Get a tool/system.
These may include:
• To-Do Lists
• A place to write your commitments down.
2. Schedule time to think and review.
• I suggest weekly and daily.
• For me, Friday afternoons works as weekly.
• For me, looking at the next day’s schedule right before bed saves me all kinds of time the next day.
• What should come first?
• If you’ve never done this before, you may just want to start out by writing down what you do every day.
• Where did you waste time?
• Where did you use your time well?
• How could you use your time better?
• Did your schedule match your priorities?
• Once you begin to see an inventory of your time, you’ll begin to see what needs to get eliminated in order to match your priorities and values.