Friday, August 24, 2012

Sunday Recap: Taking Time to Make Time

We've all been there. Busyness. Pressure. Too much to do. Not enough time.

But what if I told you that there's a way to make more time?

If you want an example of somebody who had too much to do and too little time, think of Jesus:
That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The hole town gathered at the door ...   (Mark 1:32-33)
Picture the scene: Hundreds of people with urgent, pleading looks on their faces--and wanting something from Jesus. "Master, heal my son!" "Rabbi, heal my daughter!" "Jesus, here's my brother, he's demon-possessed!"

How did Jesus handle the pressure?
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place where he prayed.  (Mark 1:35)
Early in the day, before the busyness, before the demands, Jesus gets alone with his Father and gets focused on what life is really about.

Then something interesting happens:
Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: "Everyone is looking for you!" Jesus replied, "Let us go somewhere else--to the nearby villages--so I can preach there also. That is why I have come." (Mark 1:36-38)
What? All these people are looking for Jesus and he just walks away? How can he do that?

Because he knew his PURPOSE: Not to meet every single need--but to preach the Kingdom of God. By taking time to pray, Jesus became laser-focused on his purpose.

And by taking time to pray, Jesus received POWER:
So he traveled through Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving our demons. (Mark 1:39)
Because he took time to pray, Jesus knew what he needed to do, and he received the power to carry it out.

Now, here's the time management principle from that story: There are things you can do that take time in the short run, that will actually create time in the long run. In order to make time, you need to take time. 

Think about it. It takes time to put gas in the car, but compared to running out of gas in the middle of nowhere, it saves time. It takes time to exercise, but in the long run it will give you more time because you'll have more energy and you'll be more productive. It takes time to organize your desk, toolbox, or garage, but then when you can find things in an instant, you'll have more time to actually work.

In order to make time, you need to take time. 

There are three things Jesus did that, if we take time to do them, will make time in the long run. Prayer is one of those. Through prayer we get focused on what we need to do, and we get the power to do it.

Worship is another. Studies have shown that people who attend worship outlive people who don't. Worship gives you more time than it takes!

Connecting with other believers is the third one. Sure, it takes time to attend a small group. But with the learning you'll get, the support, the accountability, the prayer, and the people who will help you, it will make time in the long run.

In order to make time, you need to take time. 


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