The Box to Limit

Welcome to part three of our 4-part series. This week’s box is one to limit our time as much as possible.

The link to Part 1: https://davidbrannock.com/2017/02/manage

The link to Part 2: https://davidbrannock.com/2017/03/focus

Box 3 – Urgent & Not Important

Interruptions and busy work give a minimal return on our time investment. Limit as much as possible.

  • Unimportant phone calls
  • Meetings that accomplish nothing
  • Other people’s small problems
  • Interruptions
  • Peer pressure

Two Biblical Examples

King Saul confronted by Samuel    1 Samuel 13

1. King Saul panicked. The people were slipping away and the prophet hadn’t come. Saul grabbed the bull by the horns and made a burnt offering, a task reserved for Samuel.

When the king finished offering the sacrifice, Samuel arrived and rebuked him.

Saul protested that the situation was urgent. But by doing a job that wasn’t his to do, he disobeyed the Lord’s command. In 1 Samuel 10:8, Saul was instructed to wait for Samuel, who would sacrifice the burnt offerings.

No offering is so important that it justifies disobeying God. Scripture says, “I desire faithful love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God instead of entirely burned offerings” (Hosea 6:6, CEB).

Parable of the Rich Fool        Luke 12

2. Jesus told a parable about a rich fool. The man decided to tear down his barns and build bigger ones. He would hoard his stuff to avoid sharing with others or relying on God.

That night, God demanded the rich fool’s life.

The man was a fool because of his selfishness. Building larger storehouses was urgent to him, but unimportant to God’s kingdom. His priority was worthless from eternity’s perspective.

 

Urgent and Not Important. We should limit the time we spend in this box. It’s not important!

We conclude our series with the fourth box: Not Urgent and Not Important.

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