We live in a busy, focused, and production-oriented world. To be a “workaholic” is often viewed as a good thing for it means we aren’t wasting time or neglecting our opportunities to be useful for His Kingdom. Indeed, even Christian leadership finds itself seeking to make certain that strategic planning includes goals and action plans so that programs, committees, and ministries are impactful for God’s service! For some of us who have these habits, we are tempted to review what Jesus accomplished in just 3 years of his life and then become a bit depressed to see what we have done so far with our own lives.
Yet, if we are honest with ourselves and with God, we must admit that Christ’s greatest impact on others was not because He had a SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-bound) plan or strategy but because He knew who He was and allowed His Spiritual identity to guide His interaction with people. Sensitivity to the needs of others around us, just as was true with Jesus, is something we need to incorporate into our being and life’s purpose. You have been selected and called to be a spiritual being not tied to the values of this world! To do anything less is to ignore the true purpose behind why God called us out to become His family’s member.