We have 24 hours every day…
There’s always more to do than we have time for…
What can we do when there is more to do, and not enough time?
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. 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.” So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons. Mark 1: 35-39
Where did Jesus go? Can you picture this setting? Practically the whole town arrives at the house to be healed by Jesus and he’s not there! It’s like Black Friday shopping as everyone gathers waiting for the stampede when the doors open! Can you imagine the disciples frantically looking for him as they search the house wondering what to do with all the people outside? Talk about a stressful situation! And then one of the disciples find him…
“Don’t you Realize Jesus?” Do you catch the tone of voice from the disciple who caught up with Him? “EVERYONE is looking for you!” Not a few, but everyone! In other words, “Jesus, I need you to understand that this is a BIG deal. I need you to come and take care of this crowd of people…” And what is Jesus reply? He doesn’t even acknowledge the need, he simply points His disciple to a greater purpose: “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”
Knowing what to say “yes” to. Right after Jesus has spent time with His Father, he is confronted by a great need. Yet, it is after spending time with His Father that He is able to be clear about what to do next. While there were many pressing needs for Him to contend with, He knew His purpose so clearly that He was able to say “yes” to preaching elsewhere, which ultimately meant He was saying “no” to something else.
Jesus, God in flesh had limitations and could not be everywhere, for everyone, and do everything…
You and I have greater limitations than the Son of God. We cannot be everywhere, for everyone, and do everything…
As a husband, parent, and pastor, I have come to realize that there is ALWAYS more to do. There are always many good opportunities awaiting me, but I cannot say “yes” to every need. Because of my limited time, every time I say “yes” to a need, I am usually saying “no” to something else. In times like this, it’s essential that I follow in Jesus’ steps:
1) Find a solitary place to seek God’s wisdom and direction.
2) Discern the God-given opportunities over the good opportunities.
3) Take specific steps to say “yes” to God and stand confidently in the things you are letting go of.
Now, this is easier said than done. However, I have discovered that time away with my Heavenly Father is the only sure way to find clarity in a busy and blurry world of frantic schedules and fast-paced families.
If we want to set the course for our lives with confidence and purpose, we need to get away from the busyness and seek God in the quietness.
How are you getting away to hear God’s voice in your frantic schedule? Where is a place of solitary for you? How has God shaped you for a purpose? What are some of the priorities that need to be reassessed in your life, family, and ministry?