You may already be thinking that is a strange title, but believe it or not that is what the Lord just told me and it may bear some thoughtful concentration. We are so very busy living life these days that we hardly have time to stop and add something to our list, that’s if we keep them which I imagine most of us do. I wonder if God keeps a list. If He does maybe I am already in trouble. However most of us have grown up with hearing, probably from our mothers, that the Lord helps those who help themselves and the Psalmist reminds us that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (46:1). Have we gotten so busy and over confident that we don’t ever actually think of asking for help.
Making a decision to cooperate with God and His plan will undoubtedly take some of our time as well as our thought and you probably won’t have any trouble knowing in your heart that our time seems to be as full already as it can possibly be. Does that mean we will have to change our priorities and we thought we had already pruned our lists to handle only the most important things. How can we possibly work in anything more? I know you will hate to hear it as I hate to say it, but we have all heard all our lives that “first things come first”. I guess it is time we pick up our pencils and rework our lists. It is just possible that we will find that there is still time if we just give our Lord the first place because He will then help us with the necessary things that will follow.
Time seems to disappear when we get to the point of figuring out we can handle so many things in one day. Is it the most important things that we put off or do we actually do them first. They are often the things that seem to be the hardest but they should also be the things that make our hearts sing the most. Jesus accomplished many things in His life upon this earth, but if you take the time to notice you might see that many of the things He did we would have put at the bottom of our lists. Some of them might not even have made our list. How many times have you seen a stranger who needs help and simply walked right on by? Surely someone else will stop and we have so many things we must accomplish today.
What runs through your mind when you are feeling desperate for someone to either tell you how to resolve a problem or do it for you? And who would you want to give you an answer – someone who got their solution out of a book or someone who has actually had the experience himself. The latter is probably more likely to have found the right solution whether he knew it at the beginning or later realized what the best answer would have been; rather the tried and true result than the supposed answer from someone’s imagination or untried book solution. If we were to study the Bible to find our answers we would discover that Jesus experienced many of the problems we have in today’s world even though the circumstances will be slightly different because of how our world has changed.
Our Bibles will not hesitate to tell us to love our neighbor as ourselves. While it is sad to say I think you will agree with me that most of us put ourselves first these days and then if we have time we will consider our neighbor. Somewhere along the way we have begun to consider ourselves and our lives more important than anything or anyone else. Will we cross the finish line with this same attitude? Maybe this is the first change we should make before it is too late.
Our world today is changing faster than we can keep up with it, but we should be careful before we change our focus. John tells us plainly A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also (14:19).