Sunday, July 5, 2015

Biblical productivity

This is an interesting topic for church --- productivity. Because did you know a lack of productivity is not just a work problem but a spiritual problem?

I stumbled into this yesterday. I had things to do but I just didn't really want to do them. OK, well I was fine with doing everything but cleaning. I really don't like cleaning so I tend to put it off. I kept am eye on the clock while watching TV and put off my chores as long as I possibly could while knowing I could still get them done.

But that isn't what God wants me to do. It's easy to be productive at work because I have a boss and I'm getting paid. But at home it's easy to just last on the couch.

However, even at home we have a boss -- God -- and he is paying us with time on Earth. We're supposed to use that limited time wisely. Ephesians 5:15-17 says,  "Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is."

Wherever we are, we are supposed to make a difference, not fritter away our time. John Wesley said, "God wants us to do all the good we can, by all the means we can, in all the ways we can, in all the places we can, at all the times we can, to all the people we can as long as we can." Although we're not saved by God works, we're still supposed to be known by our good works. Think about those amazing Christians who die, what are they remembered for? "She was always going people." "He never stopped." "She never thought about herself but was always giving to someone else."

But productivity in itself is not the answer. It's why we're productive --- for God. "For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?" Luke 9:25.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Kiley. Thank you for the post and the mention of John Wesley. For more on Wesley, please visit the website for the book series, The Asbury Triptych Series at The opening book in the trilogy features much about John Wesley and his influence on a young Francis Asbury. Black Country is currently available in print and digital forms.