So much clamors for our attention. The opportunities to do things seems endless; sports, shopping, entertainment, and hobbies alone can consume us. We live in a society that enables us to stay endlessly busy.
But, does busy equal effective? Years ago Stephen Covey wrote about putting “First Things First”. He showed us how to develop a vision of who we want to be and how to manage our time to support that vision. His approach is logical. For a Believer, the “vision” is clear.
Matthew 6:33 “But seek first His kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (NIV)
An impartial view of our calendar and checkbook will go a long ways in telling us if we are putting His kingdom first. The specifics of how we apply these truths will vary by person. But, the principles apply to all of those who are followers of Christ.
- How are you using your time and talent in ministry?
- How are you consistently praying for the advancement of Gods kingdom?
- How much time do you put into reading Gods Word?
- How are you giving financially to help more people hear the good news?
- Who are you discipling?
I was once challenged to create a personal mission statement. This exercise helped to clarify how I would live out the mandate to “seek first His kingdom”. Over the years I have edited, but it has continued to be a guiding document for me. It is framed in scripture and gives practical guidance for me.
I encourage you to do the same. Save it and refer back to it.
As a friend of mine has said, “dont dumb your way through life”. Have a plan and then work the plan. For the Glory of God.