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February 20, 2014

February 20, 2014


"God Uses People with Simplified Lives"

“So then, let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin that holds on to us so tightly, and let us run with determination the race that lies before us.”  Hebrews 12: 1b TEV


If you’re going to be used for God’s purposes, you have to focus your life.  The Bible compares life to a marathon; that means you need to simplify your life.  What might that mean for you?


I’m not saying you have to stop doing everything.  But I am saying you should think about what you’re doing.  The more stuff you carry around with you in life the harder it is to run the race.


What the writer of Hebrews is doing is encouraging you to remove anything from your life that would get in your way and hold you back.  If the devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.  He’ll even keep you so busy doing good things that you won’t have time for the best things.


That’s why the Bible tells you to simplify your life.  Think about the things you have and are doing and ask yourself one question, “Is this helping me in my relationship to God and to others?”


You can’t do everything, don’t try.  Do what matters.  A serious runner focuses on the race at hand, not the next race.


I’ve heard people say, “I would love to live my life for God’s purposes, but I just don’t have the time.”  The reason they don’t have the time is they haven’t taken the time to simplify their life.


You can’t make time, you can only allocate time.  There are only 168 hours in a week.  What you give your life to is a clear indicator of to whom you belong.


Peace in the Lord,


Pastor Don