You may have heard the statement that only the things that you really consider important will get accomplished.
Let’s say that you took your day and carved out your day on sticky notes. You might have a wall or a bulletin board that you use for attaching your sticky notes. How many notes do you have? 50? 100?
You already know that you probably will not accomplish 100 things today. Only what you perceive to be important is what you will really go after.
Why am I talking about this?
How important do you actually consider your own soul?
I honestly believe that we are wasting our lives on things that are not important.
Look around you:
people spend more time on Netflix than they do their Bibles
people watch more cat videos on YouTube than doing things that might actually help them grow into a mature Christian
people only pray when they are in trouble
people would rather watch TV than read a book
people would rather stay up all night on Saturday instead of getting a good night’s rest to hear what God wants them to hear on Sunday
people are more excited about going on vacation than they are being with their church family
Does the church have Peter Pan syndrome?
Our spiritual life is the only place in our lives where people do not care if they ever grow up or not. Maturity is not connected to how much you know as much as it is connected to how much you obey. You do walk by faith and not by sight…right?
Do people really believe that when they stand before Jesus, he will say, “Well done good and faithful servant. I am impressed that you knew the racing career of Dale Earnhardt or that you know every player on the Atlanta Braves baseball team.”
When is it going to hit us that Jesus has called us to make disciples? Shouldn’t we care about the people we work with or our friends or even our own families more than we care about binge watching Friends on Netflix?
We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
We are called to be a city on a hill.
We are called to be salt and light.
How can we be any of these things if we continually listen to every voice except the voice of the Holy Spirit?
You have to wonder when we are going to get out of this hole that we have created for ourselves.
Since we are on this journey together, I want to ask you to do something with me.
I would like you to join me for a period of praying and fasting. I believe that when you fast, it intensifies your prayer life because you are telling God that you trust him to sustain you more than you trust food.
You can fast one meal a day, fast for three days, five days, ten days—that is between you and God.
What are we praying for? Two things.
1. The lost in our cities to be saved.
2. For disciples to make disciples.
You will only do what you believe is important. I pray that you value your own spiritual growth and that you want to grow up in every way to be found mature in Christ.
Jimmy Proulx is pastor of FaithPoint Community Church. He planted FaithPoint in 2011 in Warner Robins, GA. He has been married for thirteen years to his wonderful wife, Kristi. They have two awesome boys, Bryson, 5, and Luke, 3. They live in Byron, GA. Jimmy loves books and coffee—not in any specific order! Follow him on Twitter at @jimmyproulx.