Last Sunday, we talked about our desire for more and that following Jesus means living in his kingdom rather than continuing to build our own. In praying for our response to what Jesus said to us, I'm concerned that some of us might think that living for more is impossible because our lives are busy and we can't afford to do more than what we're doing right now.
So let's make sure we're on the same page with Jesus. First, ask him how he wants you to live for the big kingdom. Second, pick up a copy of Paul Tripp's book A Quest For More and take notes. Third, remember that your everyday life matters to Jesus.
Living for the big kingdom is about how we listen and respond to Jesus in the next ten minutes.
What does that look like? We have a rhythm of life that we call BLESS that helps us follow Jesus by loving the people God has put around us. I think it provides five ways for busy people to live for more:
- B - Begin with prayer. The next time you're in between tasks, take a few minutes to pray for the people and situations going on around you; ask for help to live beyond your natural wisdom and energy. Prayer both primes the pump for the rest of your life and is the single most powerful and effective way to change the world around you.
- L - Listen. Be curious and pay attention to what's happening around you. Perhaps that means reading the news or reading a mom blog. More likely, it's listening and looking out for the places where life simply isn't the way it's supposed to be.
- E - Eat. You're going to eat a few times today. Once a week, have a meal with someone who is different than you. That might be someone younger or older than you; could be someone at work who looks different than you; might be someone who doesn't know Jesus. Start with people you think you'd get along with. Ask questions. Learn their story. Encourage them.
- S - Serve. As you're spending time praying, listening and asking questions, you'll probably see places that you can help them. The simple act of picking up an extra shift, taking kids to school, providing childcare so mom and dad can get away for a few hours, and a million other things that help the people around you - this is big kingdom living.
- S - Share. Following Jesus by living for the big kingdom is a curious life. It's the life we were all made to live. How will you respond when someone thanks you for helping them or wonders why you wanted to grab coffee?