We don’t read of Jesus using a day planner for Himself or a master calendar for His disciples. We don’t read of Him sitting with a committee to plan out the next year’s calendar of events. And, of course, we don’t read of Him using a cell phone or other electronic device to remind Him when it was time to move on to the next ministry endeavor, counseling session, or teaching opportunity. Yet, as we look at Jesus’ life we do find evidence of Him purposefully using His time.
Let’s learn from Jesus’ life so we too intentionally and wisely use our time. Christ-like schedules are purposeful!
How Jesus Was Purposeful in His Schedule
Jesus knew the big purpose for which He came and purposefully aligned with it.
I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent. (Lk. 4:43)
Jesus didn’t give in to the whims of people but purposefully moved on when He knew it was time.
… They tried to keep him from leaving them. But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” (Lk. 4:42-43)
and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else – to the nearby villages – so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” (Mk. 1:37-38)
Jesus purposefully set apart time for solitude to decompress but most importantly to spend time with the Father.
John beheaded in the prison … John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus. When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. (Matt. 14:9-13)
After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. (Matt. 14:23)
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. (Mk. 1:35)
But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law were furious and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus. One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. (Lk. 6:11-12)
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. (Lk. 15:16)
Do you have Christ-like Schedules?
- Do you purposefully align your schedule with God’s purposes for you?
- Do you purposefully work at pleasing God more than people with how you use your time?
- Do you purposefully build solitude into your schedule?