“Live life, then, with a due sense of responsibility, not as men who do not know the meaning and purpose of life but as those who do.” Ephesians 5:15 (Ph)
The first decisive test for determining if an open door is divine or destructive is to ask the question: What does God’s Word say? This is the principle of obedience. When we know clearly what God’s says about a matter, our decision should already be made. Obedience brings blessing. But, what about those decisions that are not clearly in God’s Word? What do you do about the many doors you will face in life that the Bible doesn’t specifically speak to? Sometimes, all the doors may be good and moral and present positive benefits, but which one is best? Which one is God’s will for you to open?
When the choice is not clearly defined in God’s Word, apply the second test for determining the will of God by asking this question:
IS IT WORTH MY LIFE?
This is the principle of priorities. You will either live your life by priorities or pressures. Which one are you most driven by now? Do you find yourself living life under the demands and pressures of everyone around you? It’s not that you’re inefficient; you just don’t feel effective. You may be doing things right, but you may not be doing the right things. This is the danger of believing the lie that multi-tasking is more productive than a focused life. How eager would you be to have your surgeon checking e-mails and texts while operating on you? Imagine a pilot playing video games or surfing the web while flying the plane. We want the people to whom we entrust our lives to be focused and not distracted!
It sounds like a paradox, but the truth is that, the more you focus your life, the more you broaden your life. It’s the principle of priorities. Have you ever written down your priorities? What are they? God’s power flows through our priorities. He promises us that, when we put Him first in all things, He will direct our paths. Priorities are best aligned around relationships. Your relationship with God, with your spouse, with your kids, with your job and, then, with the world. When our lives are based on those priorities, the Bible says we are living with a due sense of responsibility … (as those) who know the meaning and purpose of life.
When choosing a door of opportunity before you, ask the question: Is it worth my life? Is it the best use of my time? Because you are giving your life to whatever you invest your time in! Your time represents your life. You can make money and spend it and make it again, but you cannot redeem your time. Jesus warned us in Mark 8:36-37:
“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”
This verse is at the very heart of time management because it is asking the question, “Is it worth my life?” The Message paraphrases best how we can live our lives in alignment with God’s will:
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him.” Romans 12:1-2 (MSG)