“Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law.”
“Anothertranslation puts it: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” If we do not know where we are going how do we know what to do today? That is, how can we make proper use of our time unless we have an objective for our lives?
We must buy up the opportunities, because the days are evil, . We have wasted too many chances in the past. Every day God is giving us more opportunities. To redeem the time is to seize the opportunities that God has appointed for us. When the Church buries a talent, there is a serious loss. We think that because our new assembly hall is completed, that we can settle down for the rest of our life. We preach and ten or twenty souls are saved, and we think we have done well, but if the Lords intention was that we win a thousand souls in that day, then 980 are lost.
What a waste of time it is when after having embarked on a destiny we suddenly discover that that is not the one God wanted for us in the first place.
It is one thing to do what we want to do and then ask God to bless our efforts – it is quite another thing hearing what God wants us to do and then doing it.
Jam 1:5 “But if any of you lacks wisdom let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given him.”
Wisdom involves having some insight as to future direction – knowing what to do next! Wisdom has nothing to do with IMPULSIVE DECISIONS – it is not slap dash. Wisdom PLANS AHEAD.
The modern world has no time for this essential exercise of REFLECTION, pondering and meditation – of looking deep into our hearts and pinpointing those things we long for and yearn for. Our deepest longings and desires are a clue to what OUR DIRECTION IN LIFE IS. People block out the inner witness of the heart by never allowing quietness and solitude to arrest them – even as Christians. If we are not listening to tapes, we are watching videos – or we are going to meetings or we have people around us. These things are good but if we never have times of silence and waiting before God we will never draw up those deep things hidden in our hearts.
This is our life’s calling and ministry. This is what will govern the way we use our time every day, week, month or year. Make sure that it is BIGGER THAN YOU – then you will know that it is worth living for.
Long term objectives are hazy horizons which should always be out of reach, but short term objectives are the in between steps to the ultimate objective .They give a sense of achievement. They give a sense ofpossibility. They give a spirit of enthusiasm.
Prov 13:12 “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”
Every time a short-term objective is achieved, it is like a TREE OF LIFE! Something happens inside the heart of that person. On the other hand someone who has no objective to achieve, has a constant SICKNESS OF HEART either in a sense of HOPELESSNESS or in constant DEPRESSION which in turn creates a stressful situation.
The next step is to put these long term and short term objectives into a program –WRITE IT DOWN step by step so that you never lose sight of where you are meant to be going and how you are meant to get there.
This is taking each item and the plan or program and putting it into a TIME SLOT. The question is – will this not bind me? Yes, definitely! But the fact remains that if this is not done then time becomes our master and pressurises us into things we cannot stand. Know where you are going. Know how you aregoing there. Know when you are going there. When you have established these points, you can relax. Time is under your control now. Stress and tension disappear, making room for creative achievement.
What remains for us to do, is determine when these activities are to take place? A list fails if it has no connection to priorities or time. A list of activities MUST BE EVALUATED HONESTLY and
PURPOSEFULLY. It is no good having a list with each activity coming in any order with equal time slots. A good way of scheduling activities is to work back from the estimated time of achievement.
2 Thess 3:11 “We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busy bodies.”
Eccl 3:1 ”There is an appointed time for everything … a time for every event under the sun.”
In the prayer which Jesus offered to His Father at the end of His life we see Him mentioning this fact.
Joh 17:4 “I glorified Thee on earth, HAVING ACCOMPLISHED THE WORK WHICH THOU HAS GIVEN ME.”
The first thing we notice is that Jesus knew exactly what HE HAD TO DO. It was mind boggling – He had to select and train men to be with Him and to preach. He then has to lay down His life, go to Hell, rise from the dead and pour out the Holy Spirit.
2 Cor 8: 10, 11 “I want to suggest that you finish what you started to do a year ago… having started the ball rolling so enthusiastically you should carry this project through to completion just as gladly…let your enthusiastic idea at the start be equalled by your realistic action now.”
We lean toward doing the things we like doing. If our desires are wrong God can change them. Some activities are “ice cream” activities, others are “plastic” activities, i.e. those we do not enjoy. These “plastic” activities often form the hiccups in our lives and they are inclined to stop our momentum.Self-control is part of the fruit of the Spirit – and is thus a fruit of the new creature.
Knowing that your plans and objectives are the will of God – that you have heard from God in a definite way, helps MAINTAIN DISCIPLINE. Most people have their specific weaknesses – either procrastination, laziness, indecision, distractions, etc. To God and to people. We do not live for building the kingdom of self. We live for the Kingdom of God and His righteousness; we live for others.
Phil 4:7 “And the peace of God which passes all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
In following your schedule always remember that we walk in GOD’S REST where we have ceased from our own sweat and effort. Doing the will of God produces CONTENTMENT and SATISFACTION, which resists any storm and trial.
Make decisions: Use the plunge principle and jump into the activity instead of staring at it. Learn to say no.Delegate: Remember that YOU DO NOT have to do everything. Give adequate instructions. Update: Make sure you are not maintaining out-dated traditions. Record and Remind: Have a system that records and reminds of future activities and keep looking at it .Good Filing: Know where everything is at any given moment.
Oswald soon found his feet in the totally new pattern of life at the College. Obligations to Hall-Jones had meant that he had arrived at the college well after the beginning of term, so he had a good deal of ground to make up. Perhaps that fact helped to nudge him towards an important discovery he made at that time. It came about because of a gap of a quarter of an hour between the last lecture of the morning and midday meal. The students used that time for relaxed conversation or an informal game of some sort. Oswald fell in with that pattern until one day he thought to himself that those fifteen minutes could be put to better use. So he started reading a book during that time, moving his bookmark on each day. In two or three the book was finished and he started on another. He had discovered the value of time. The lifelong discipline of redeeming time had begun.
Some may question his wisdom in cutting himself off from his fellow students during that brief period of relaxation. What were their reactions to his withdrawal? On the other hand, they all lived and worked together, day and night, at such close quarters, that there was ample opportunity for fellowship and interaction with one another. Oswald had one consuming purpose – to do his utmost to equip himself for God’s service whatever that might be.
God bless you as you plan for your life, you will do it God shall bless all the works of your hands. Only believe in God to finish what He started in you. Greater is the one in you than the devil. Go plan freely God will surely raise you up! Shalom for now and forever.
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