TIME—Do What Matters Most
Colossians 3:1-4 Since you were raised from the dead with Christ, aim at what is in heaven, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God. Think only about the things in heaven, not the things on earth 3 Your old sinful self has died, and your new life is kept with Christ in God. 4 Christ is your life, and when he comes again, you will share in his glory.
"Time Management is an oxymoron" —John Maxwell. To manage time, you have to control it. You can't control time any more than you can control the weather. You can, however, control how YOU use it. Since we have been raised with Christ, our effective use of TIME needs to be seen through an eternal lens. It must be Christ centered. Seen as belonging to God and entrusted to us with a focus on what matters most!
Unfortunately, the wealth of choices have robbed us of our focus. We are paralyzed by a paradox of choice. Instead of choosing to focus on doing the few things that matter most, we are choosing to do everything. Living distracted, with eternity nowhere in our sights! Our dysfunction is the product of our lack of focus and misuse of time.
Busyness has become one of the enemies greatest weapons. We are living like our time on the earth is all there is. We are overly committed and following after pointless dreams, while completely abandoning God's purpose. This temporary perspective is the catalyst for our misdirected pursuits. The perspective we've adopted, often determines our destination and our experience.
Assuming a Christ Centered perspective will help us build lives that have eternal significance and aim our time at engaging on life’s most meaningful activities. Our Father isn't interested in more activity, but rather, doing less better. Narrowing our focus on what matters most.
The aim is Christ. To display heaven on the earth. To engage life with our mission in mind and to give ourselves to the things that matter most to God. Giving a little of ourselves to everything is really giving a great deal to nothing. Refocusing our time is about realigning our aim and choosing to " Do" what matters most while at the same time choosing "Not To Do" what doesn't add eternal value. Doing less but accomplishing more.
Perhaps we need to exchange our "TO DO LIST" for a "NOT DO LIST”. Saying "NO" to make room for a better “YES,” increases our kingdom effectiveness. We are kingdom people and need to be kingdom oriented. A focus on what matters most will lead us to the right destination.