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But I don't have enough ________

May 20, 2008

Many frustrated people seem to always fight the clock, habitually, as a way of life. They stay up late, then they sleep as late as they can and then rush frantically to school or work, gulping down an unhealthy breakfast in the car, applying their make-up at the stoplight, talking on their cell phone at the same time. Many people do the same with money, living paycheck to paycheck, hoping there will be enough to pay the bills this month.

This is a resource issue. Time is a resource, money is a resource. They are limited, therefore valuable.

How did Jesus handle a low resource situation?

John 6:1-13 Jesus Feeds 5000

Handling Our Resources

1 – Honor God first

John 6:11

Proverbs 3:9-10 Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.

2 – Invest wisely

John 6:11 – don’t hoard the resources for yourself, invest it in God’s work – become a servant leader

Gal 6:8 The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit will reap eternal life.

Where you invest your time or money reveals what is most important to you.

Most people have about 5 hours of discretionary time each day. Where are we investing those hours? How much of that time is “invested” in surfing the internet? Watching Law & Order ? American Idol? Shopping?

How much is invested in our families? Our friendships? Our church family?

Billy Graham said, “Time is the capital that God has given us to invest. People are the stocks in which we are to invest our time, whether they’re blue chips or penny stocks or even junk bonds.”

It’s not how much time or money that you give to God. God’s after your heart. Your heart is the most important and valuable thing you can give to God. Mark 12:41-44 poor widow

Our DayTimers, our Blackberrys, our cell phones, our wallets. They all tell the story of where our heart is.

Redeeming Time and Opportunities

Ephesians 5:14-15 Paul: See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time because the days are evil.

It’s not just the time but the timing. We need to make our minutes, hours, days count. Tomorrow we may be given more hours, but we may never get the same opportunities again.

We need to become good opportunity managers.

Colossians 4:5-6

Add some margin:

Margin is the difference between our load and our limit. It allows us room for error. We are a stretched-to-the-limit society and we’re chronically rushed, chronically late, and chronically exhausted.

When you have no margin in your life, God taps you on the shoulder and says, “I’d like you to do something for me” your first response isn’t joy. It’s “oh no, not another thing to do .. Sorry God but I’m just too busy.” We end up resenting the great opportunities God presents to us.

One day, our time on earth will come to an end. And before the throne of glory, we will give an account of how we invested our resources, how we invested our time. It’s not going to matter how much time we saved or how much time we managed. The important question will be how well we redeemed our time, how well we took advantage of the opportunities that God sent our way.

Paul said, “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.”

What are we going to say?

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