A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog about paying attention to the Seconds and Seasons that we find ourselves in and followed it up with what I believe is an important first filter in stewarding our lives: knowing why. My observations of other people and myself in this area of stewarding is that we don’t have filters in place to help us answer the BIG question of life: What will we do with the second and the season we are given today?
As leaders we are often tasked with knowing the “why” behind an action. “Why do we drink grape juice during communion and not wine?”, “Why do we need three nursery workers and not just one?” Knowing Why we do something is important, it gives direction and meaning to tasks; it also can be a great filter to run decisions through.
The second filter I would like to propose to anyone who is wanting to steward the 86,400 seconds we are given each day is the filter of WHAT. Maybe you have got the why down. You know that God called you to this life and you are running after his call with all you have but do you know WHAT he called you to do?
Simply put, I believe that scripture teaches us that there are two major WHAT’s that all believers must live out and all leaders should point people towards: Love God and Love people.
In Matthew 22: 37-40 Jesus is basically asked “what is required of us?”. His answer is so difficult and yet so simple.
“And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
If we use “What” as a filter for our time, treasure and talents then we will ask Jesus “What should I be doing?” and his answer will be: “Love the Lord your God” and “Love your neighbor”.
The tasks and priorities will vary. Some of us are called to Love God and Love people by working on cars, serving coffee, making beds, distributing medications, teaching kids, preaching on Sundays, running staff meetings or playing games. Our tasks are as unique as we are but are we Loving God and Loving People through them?
If we will filter our activities, jobs and hobbies through knowing WHY we do something and knowing WHAT we are called to do then I believe we will be faithful stewards of our Seconds and our Seasons.
Are you fulfilling the WHAT of life today? When was the last time you evaluated your tasks through the lens of love for God and love for others? Do you need to realign your heart to the Love God and Love people action again?