Our people must learn to do good by meeting the urgent needs of others; then they will not be unproductive. Titus 3:14 (NLT)
A Productive Life
Do you want to live a productive life? Do you want to one day be able to look back over your life and say that it was well lived and well spent? Would you like to hear me commend you for the good work you have done in this life, that you are now living? Yes, I want to live a productive life. I want to live a life that has no regrets. I want to know that I lived a life that was pleasing to you. I want to make the most of the time I have been given. How can I live a productive life that has no regrets? That is a good question that you will do well to always keep before you. Let me hear your answer to your own question. I thought you might say that. I know a few things, for certain. Like what? It would be possible for me to work myself ragged with non-stop activity and effort and still live an unproductive life. How so? If the goal of my life was to make as much money and acquire as many things as possible, I would be headed toward an unproductive life filled with regret. Money and things do not add up to a productive life that is well lived. That is true. It is foolish to live for storing up treasures on this earth. Yes, it is. What else do you know for certain? If I were to chart my own course and construct my own agenda, without consulting you, by asking for your guidance, I would be well on my way to living a fruitless and regrettable life. That is for sure, without any doubt. What else? If I were to live solely for my own comfort and pleasure so that I lacked nothing in life, I would one day regret that I had misspent my life. That’s right.
You have talked about what you must not do if you want to live a productive, and well lived, fruitful life. Let me hear the positive side of this question. What will you do to live a productive life? I will listen to you. I will follow your guidance. I will go wherever you guide me. I will do whatever you ask of me. I will pour myself out in your service. I will store up treasure in heaven with you. I will bear fruit for your Kingdom and bring glory to your name. I will use all my gifts and talents and abilities to help those who are in desperate need. I will be a light for you in this world of darkness. I will allow your life to shine in and through me, as I serve you and others. That will be very good. Do these things and you will live a productive life, with no regrets. Yes, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, I want to live a productive life. I want to invest my time, and talents, and resources in what will bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I want to store up treasure in heaven with you. I will go and do whatever you ask of me. Use my life. Amen
Key Question… When have you invested your time, talents, and resources in meeting the urgent needs of others?
Living It Out… Bear fruit for the kingdom of God and bring glory to His name as you meet the urgent needs of others.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will help you to bear fruit for His kingdom as you meet the urgent needs of others.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the Lord is using you to meet the urgent needs of others.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you bear fruit for the Kingdom of God as you meet the urgent needs of others.
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