It is so tempting to jump right into your day when your to-do list is piled up like Mt. McKinley. God says we can move mountains right? One rock, one bolder at a time. But what I’ve found is wisdom from above is a much more efficient way of tackling my mountains.
He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20 ESV)
Start with giving control and direction of your day over to God. Your plans are not the best plans, His are. Don’t rush through this time with Him. Sit with Him until He is done with you. Teach your children to do the same thing. Don’t use them as an excuse to not meet with our Lord.
Identify the important (here’s a clue: they are people not things or dirt). Address those first. The urgent always comes after the important.
Keep your priorities in God’s order not the world’s order. Here is His order.
Be God’s kind of person first, partner (spouse) next, parent after that, then comes provider (work), parishioner (ministry), and player (fun/hobbies/free time/tv). This should be in a pyramid shape with person at the base (largest piece), and player at the top (smallest piece). If the player piece seems to be consuming much of your life then you have your priorities out of order. If your provider piece has done the same thing, reexamine your spending and your job.
I think many Christians are much like the roman emperor Constantine in that they know enough about Jesus to be dangerous. They slap him over the top of their life activities like some sort of glitzy label that makes them feel better about what they are doing. Rather than allowing God to change their hearts, their minds, and their lives. Jesus told His disciples to leave behind their old ways to follow Him.
The title Christian means little Christ; or in today’s vocabulary, a mini-me of Jesus. In order to imitate someone well enough to take on their name, we must know them intimately. Because we aren’t physically able to spend time with Jesus, we must rely on God’s Holy Spirit, His Word and prayer to change our sin nature into something that begins to resemble our perfect sinless Jesus Christ. God’s word tells us not to take the name of Jesus Christ in vain. When we call ourselves Christians that means we are representing Jesus to the world everywhere we go, all the time.
“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. (Exodus 20:7 ESV)
God is able to move mountains and much more. Our job is to let Him do so. We must be diligent in life regarding those things that are our responsibilities, but we must also know those things which are not our responsibilities. God has a part and we have a part. He wants us to focus our efforts on those things that have an eternal value. Yes we need to keep a livable house – but not a pin perfect house. Yes we need to live a healthy lifestyle but that shouldn’t be the focus of our lives. These are secondary to God’s call for us to put His Kingdom first.
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:30-34 ESV)
So focus on Jesus and He will help you sort out your to-do list so that you may see those things that are eternal, and important. All those other things on your list that you have labeled urgent may not matter 2 years from now, or 100 years from now.
God can move mountains. Let Him. Be encouraged. Press on.
And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” (Matthew 21:21-22 ESV)