By Roger Hernandez
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live” Ecclesiastes 3:12.
1. Look at the text above for a moment (Ecclesiastes 13:12). It mentions two important things. One is to be happy, and the other one is to do good. Are they related? How?
2. Before you make a schedule and plan out your activities, what essential component should be considered? James 4:13-15.
3. Sometimes we are so caught up in our religious activities that we fail to serve the people that need it most (Read Luke 10:31-32). Do you see that happening in your church? What can you do to change it?
4. What clear instruction do we have regarding our time management? Ephesians 5:16.
5. If we consistently dedicate time to serve and minister to others, what will happen? Galatians 6:9.
There are three ways to manage your time in such a way that you can serve others.
1. Slow down. In a recent study, 50 percent surveyed said they “want to slow down, but don’t know how.” How do you slow down? One way is to realize that you will never finish everything you have to do. Never! So slow down today, notice the needs of people around you. How can we practice this?
2. Seek God. As you slow down, make sure you include intentional times of prayer and reading of the Word, as well as times for fasting. Ask God to reveal to you hurting people that surround you, and when He does, minister to them. What’s the best time of day to seek God? What happens if you’re a night person?
3. Set goals. Author Brian Tracy says that for every minute you spend planning the day before, you save 10 minutes the next day. How clear are your goals? What specific goals do you have for serving others this year? This week? This decade?
The purpose of this lesson is to help you slow down, so you can put your faith into action and get involved in your community. Discuss as a group how your service project is going. Make it happen!
Ministerial Director, Southern Union
Leadership. Evangelism. Accountability. Diversity.