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Key To Effective Ministry
Section 1, Chapter 5
Through Relationship With Jesus
Many Christians will not submit themselves to go through a
Training Program of Evangelism or give two hours of their time a week to go out
and Evangelize with the excuse that there is no time to do it during the week
because of school, job, and other activities. I include this concept at the
beginning of this textbook to demonstrate that through applying the Biblical
principles involved not only can a person, no matter how busy he is, commit
himself to successfully see this school of Evangelism through and routinely
involve himself in Evangelism each week; he will also be able to do ten times
more, literally, a week on top of this than he is presently doing, and do it in
a relaxed state of mind without getting ulcers or having a nervous break down.
CHRISTIANITY IS NOT A
Christianity is relationship with Jesus. It is not a
self-sanctification program. The Apostle Paul not only tells us we cannot save
ourselves. he also tells us we cannot sanctify ourselves (1 Cor 1:30). He also
tells us to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might (Eph 6:10).
Zechariah tells us in Zechariah 4:6 that whatever Jesus' plans for our lives
are, they are not brought about through self-strife, but through the power of
the Holy Spirit. Jesus tells us in John 6:63, "It is the Spirit who
creates-life;126 the flesh profits nothing." Jesus, in this passage,
is telling us that anything that we try to accomplish in our own strength will
not lead to life or be profitable. Only what is initiated by the Holy Spirit in
our lives will bring profit (Is 30). Therefore, the key to victorious Christian
living is learning how to draw upon Jesusí strength and power to live the
Christian life, not our own strength and power.
This is true in our weekly time management as well. Jesus has
a special personal plan for each of our lives. For this reason the Apostle Paul
tells us in Ephesians 5:15-17,
"Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as
wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be
foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is."
Jesus wants us to develop our weekly schedules according to
His will through relationship with Him.
MY STRUGGLE AND
TRYING TO LIVE THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
Many years ago in the early days of my Christianity, even
though I was doing all the good little things Christians were supposed to do
such as having a quiet time, taking part in Church fellowship, and witnessing, I
was failing in accomplishing goals I believed God was calling me to accomplish.
I wasn't doing well in school, finances, etcetera. Of course I was frustrated
and so prayed one day to Jesus, Jesus! Why am I failing in my pursuits? What
is wrong with my life? He immediately answered, Plan out your time during
the week, then Satan will not be able to attack you in it.
At first I did not understand what this meant. As I sought
the Lord for understanding of the wisdom He gave me, He showed me that the
reason why I was failing in my God-given pursuits was because I was too easily
distracted by other things. He then showed me that if I would plan out the use
of my time during the week which would include specific time to accomplish those
activities God had called me to do and then commit myself to stick to the
schedule religiously against all possible distractions, I would accomplish the
goals I had set out to accomplish and have the victory over Satan I desired. The
Bible says the thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). This
is what Satan comes to do in our lives by bringing whatever possible
distractions he can to keep us from accomplishing the goals Jesus has given us.
The only way you can have victory over Satan's sure distractions is to make a
weekly schedule, commit yourself to live it out, and then not allow any
distractions whatsoever, outside of an emergency, to keep you from religiously
living out that schedule.
The first thing Jesus had me plan in my weekly schedule was a
time for daily feeding on Him. Proverbs 3:6 states, "In all your ways
acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." That "He who is of God
hears the words of God." (John 8:47). Part of the significance of Jesus starting
with this area of my life was that I spent about three hours a day with Jesus in
His Word and in prayer, but the Lord had other things He wanted me to do besides
spend all my free time reading the Bible and in prayer. He told me plainly at
that time He only wanted me to spend 30 minutes a day with Him in His Word.
Jesus wanted me to learn that He was the answer to my needs (John 5:39-40) and
that only by allowing Him to be Lord of my life in all areas of my life,
including my daily time of feeding on Him, would I find victory and success in
HOW TO DEVELOP
The first step to developing a successful weekly schedule is
to pray and ask Jesus what His will is in the use of your time during the week.
James 1:5 states, "But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives
to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him." Many
times when I tell people I asked God for wisdom about something and that He
spoke in my spirit (1 Cor 2:9- 10) an answer, they say, How do you know God
spoke to you? I reply, You believe that the Bible is the Word of
God don't you? They answer, Yes. I then respond, Then what does
the Bible say in James 1:5? Sometimes not being sure how to respond I answer
for them: It promises that if we ask God for wisdom about anything not only
will He give us our request, but it says He will also give it generously. Either
the Bible is true or it is not. Hebrews 11:6 states, "And without faith it
is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe
that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him." This
is not a feeling. Many times we look for feelings. I am not saying feelings do
not sometimes accompany Godís answers, but getting an answer from God is not
dependent on feelings but on faith. Faith in this context means believing that
God will do what He says He will do. In this context God says that if we ask Him
for wisdom about a matter He will give it.
People then ask, How do you know what God's answer is?
I reply, When I ask God to speak to me about His will in the use of my time
during the week, whatever first comes to my mind I write down and assume that
that is God. I believe this because God also promises in His Word that if I
ask Him for a fish, He will not give me a snake (Matt 7:11). In other words,
Jesus is telling us in this passage that when we come to Him and ask Him for
wisdom about something, He is not going to trick or deceive us or allow Satan to
come in and deceive us. He is assuring us here that He will give us what we ask.
So, whatever your first impressions are, write those down. Ignore impressions
which might come later that contradict. He said He would not give you a snake
when you first came to Him, so accept only first impressions as being of Him and
contradictory later impressions as being of the devil to confuse and destroy you
in your pursuit of God's will.
So getting back to our first step, when you have prayed and
asked Jesus for wisdom concerning what He wants you to do during your week,
second, write down what comes to your mind. This will probably include a list
something like the following:
Daily Feeding on Jesus
The third step is to then take a weekly schedule sheet like
the one on this link and
put down all the non-changeable time slots on the weekly schedule sheet. This
will include things like: church, job, school classes, and ministry involvement.
Fourth, make copies of this original sheet with
non-changeable slots. Reason: As circumstances change in the future, you may
want to make another schedule; and this way you do not have to make another time
sheet which contains the non-changeable slots.
Fifth, make a list of all class requirements and all other
weekly responsibilities and activities you need to engage in and accomplish
during the week. For example, on
this link on the left side is my list for a former semester
corresponding to the schedule sheet examples in this Chapter.
Sixth, pray and ask Jesus how much time you need to spend in
each of these activities. Write the amount of time that comes to your mind next
to the activity like it is illustrated on
this link right.
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