If we want spiritually productive schedules then we must live according to the strength Christ provides which we find through His Word, by grabbing hold of His grace, as we walk in His light and devote ourselves to doing what is good. It’s about far more than checking things off our “To Do” list. Spiritually productive schedules move leaders beyond mere activity and accomplishment to bearing spiritual fruit. In John 15 Jesus makes it clear that we must abide in Him to bear fruit. Apart from Him, we can do nothing of eternal value. Consequently, that which keeps us from abiding in Him, is going to hinder spiritual productivity.
What Hinders Spiritual Productivity & Makes Us Unproductive:
If our schedules don’t lead to the bearing of spiritual fruit, then they are unproductive. We find the word “unproductive” or “unfruitful” in a few verses that cue us in to what could cause such a spiritually barren existence.
1) Putting too much emphasis on the temporal concerns of life (i.e., money) can keep us from focusing on eternal truth, leading to spiritually unproductive schedules. Without the truths of God’s Word at work in our lives, we cannot be set free to be all we should be (Jn. 8:32).
The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. (Matt. 13:22)
2) Failing to remember and rely on all God has done for us through the cross keeps us from developing the qualities we need to be productive and effective. Without God’s grace we are nothing and can do nothing of eternal value (1 Cor. 15:10).
For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. (2 Pet. 1:8-9)
3) Living with sin in our lives rather than dealing with it, keeps us from being fruitful. Spiritually productive schedules are born out of Light, not darkness. Without walking in the Light we cannot produce fruit in keeping with who God is and His eternal purposes.
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. (Eph. 5:11)
4) Being inactive leads to unproductive lives. Without a commitment to purposefully pursuing spiritually productive schedules, it won’t happen.
Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives. (Titus 3:14)