The River
Worship 6:00-10:00am

Use your time wisely

'I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.' John 17:4 NIV

There are so many things that take up our time. There are the 'big' activities like school and work. Then we roster in church, meal times, time with family and friends, extra mural sports and hobbies, etcetera, etcetera. With all these activities come expectations from people - who we do need to honour. But, as Christians, our main mission is to learn to do what God asks us to do in the 24 hours of our day.Jesus understood his mission and didn't deviate from it. He refused to be the victim of peer pressure or the expectations of others. He sought the approval of one person only - his Father! Just before his ministry went public, he spent 40 days in the wilderness consulting with his Father. And don't forget the night he spent in prayer before choosing his twelve disciples, or his final deep prayer time in the Garden of Gethsemane.Because Jesus was spiritually sharpened by moments alone with the Father, it was easy for him to say 'no' to invitations and demands that were unnecessary. So what now? Here's a life-changing insight: you always have the time to do what God wants done. And you won't burn out in the process. You may not get done what you want done, or what others think needs done. But so what? Your goal should be to reach the end of life and say, like Jesus, 'I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.'

Soulfood: Neh 11-13, Mark 12:28-44, Ps 78:65-72, Prov 24:10-14

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