compass or clock?

by Pastor Mark Jordan

Everyone has something called a “true north.” This is the foundational principle, or core value, by which you live your life. For the Christian, it should be the good news that your salvation is assured by Jesus’ death on the cross and the forgiveness of your sin. God did the work. His grace is a free gift. All you have to do is accept it and live into. Does it sound too good to be true? It isn’t. Still, we tend to try and make it more, because we feel like we have to do something. As a result, we often wear ourselves our trying to do more for God, when He often just wants us to be someone for Him.

There is a great Stephen Covey quote that really resonates with me, “Live your life by a compass, not a clock.” When you live by a clock, the tendency is to think there is a start time and a stop time to your faith, so you try to cram as much into the space between as possible. When. You live by a compass, however, you know what your purpose is, and that drives everything you say and do…during your “on” time, as well as your “off” time. And you need both! Don’t forget, God even commanded a time to rest; in fact, it made His top ten!

Proverbs 3:6 teaches us, “Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take” (NLT). This is a great verse for helping us develop the principle of working off a compass and not a clock. God wants to be your true north, and direct everything you do for Him, even in those crucial times He wants you to do nothing at all. Seek God’s will, and go His direction…this is THE best way to use your time for Him.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for showing me your path. Forgive me the times I try to cram things into a window of time, thinking that is your plan. Help me to go your way all the time, so I know that wherever I go, I go with you. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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