Over the next couple of days, I’m going to share what I feel God saying that He is trying to teach us through this time.
Here’s a summary what God says He trying to teach us:
- Reassess our lives.
- Be thankful for the small things.
- You reap what you sow.
- Remember the lonely
Today, we will address the first thing God is trying to teach us through the Cornavirus situation.
God wants us to reasses our lives. He wants us to take a long hard look at out lives and think about how we’ve been spending you time.
Have you been doing the things you’ve doing just to stay busy? Have you been doing them because they bring you joy or have you been doing them because someone tlaked you into doing them (twisted your arm)?
Are the things you’ve been spending your time and energy one fruitful and productive? Are they bringing you joy and making you feel fulfilled? Or are they making you feel frustrated and sucking the life out of you?
Not everything is our lives is necessary.
To many times, we spend out precious time and energy on things that don’t matter just to keep busy. Because we’re taught from a young age that “Idle hand’s are the work of the Devil.”
So we keep busy just for the sake of keeping busy. This is not want God wants for our lives.
He doesn’t want us to be like Martha rushing around busy all the time, but not bearing any real fruit for our efforts (Luke 10:41)
He wants us to chose the good part. To sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to what He has to say, what He wants us to do (Luke 10:42).
God is telling us that He wants us to cut out the things we’ve been doing to just stay busy or were talked into doing by well meaning or not so well meaning people.
So we have time to focus on the things that God has put in our hearts to do. The things that bring us joy and feel fulfilled. While the Bible does tell us to do whatever we put our hands to do as on to the Lord, it doesn’t mean that we should say yes to everything or every opportunity presented to you.
He wants you to go to Him and require of Him before we say yes or no to a major opportunity. I say major opportunity because small things like helping someone get food or clothing, we know we can say yes to or at least point them to where they can get some help in that area.
I’m talking about the major commitments that take a lot of you time.
Not evey good thing is the best thing for you to be doing or spending your precious time on. Your time is the most valuable thing we have in the life – save for our salvation. Once it is spend, you can never get it back.
We need to be careful how we spend our time. The Bible tells us to redeem our time because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16).
So let’s take thins time to reevaluate our lives and see how we’ve been spending our time and find ways to cut out those things that are just stealing our time and keeping us from fulfilling God’s plan and will for our lives.
Our lives are like a grapevine or a rose bush, if you let all the branches or buds grow, the plant will not flourish.
The plant will not be able to supply enough nutrients to feel all the rose buds and they will look sickly and ugly.
And the grapes will not taste jusy or sweet because the vine will use up all the nutrients it gets growning the vine and robbing the grapes of the nutrients they need.
But if you prune off some of the buds in ther spring and prune the rose bush back in the fall, you’ll get award winning roses.
And if you prune the grapevine back at the right time, your grapes will be sweet and juicy.
If our Heavely Father prunes all the branches that don’t bear fruit, shouldn’t we do the same (John 15:2)?
I know that there are so many things that I have been wasting my time, stealing my energy and keeping me from doing God’s will and derailing His will for my life.
And I know that the same holds true for you.
It is time for us to cut of the unfruitful branches out of out lives; cut out the unfruitful activities out of our lives.
It is imperative that we say no to the things and activities that we are not called to do and are stealing our time. and it is vital to set boundries and stick to them.
As it is written: “Let your yes be yes and your no be no (Matthew 5:37).
This will keep you from over-comitting yourself, burning yourself out and ruining your reputation. And allow you to do what God has called you to do with your whole heart as onto the Lord (Colossians 3:23).
Andthis also includes bad attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that have been holding us back, robbing us of our joy and peace, and keeping us from all that God has for us. Those things hold back God’s very best for our lives.
I could do on, but you get the point.
The Lord and I challenge you to take this time we’re been given and reevaluate your lives and ask the Holy Spirit what Jesus wants you to cut out of your life and what it is that He wants you to be doing with your life.
Today is the day! Let he who has an ear, hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches!