The Bible teaches that everything we do should be done for the glory of God. (See 1 Corinthians 10:31). The “everything” obviously would include the time that God gives to us.
The Core Idea
In order to make the best use of our time and therefore glorify God we must understand the concept of a core idea. Matt Perman writes in “What’s Best Next: “The best way to understand a subject is to understand the core idea – the governing concept that goes to the heart of the matter and holds everything else together.”
As an example God’s commands can be summed up in a core idea. When Jesus was asked what was the greatest commandment he answered by saying “love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself”. Then he went on to say “On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.” What was Jesus doing? He was summarizing the entirety of the Old Testament Law into a single principle, into a core idea.
The goal of the core idea is to learn what to do.
One of the best ways to learn what to do is by learning what not to do!
When it comes to the subject of time management and productivity the wrong thing to do is to dive in and learn all kinds of tactics and strategies for making the most of our time without understanding the core idea that brings it all together.
So what is the core idea or the overarching principle for maximum productivity? Matt Perman writes: “The overarching guiding principle for our lives is love. Putting the other person first equals maximum productivity.”
Do you need to stop and reread that last sentence again? “Putting the other person first equals maximum productivity.”
How can this be true? This only begins to make sense as we make the connection between Jesus’ response when asked about the greatest commandment. How did Jesus respond? He said the greatest commandment (act of obedience) was to love God and to love your neighbor! Therefore that leads to the following conclusion:
Only a life of obedience is the truly productive life.
God says a life which fulfills its purpose (obedience through love) is the only truly productive life. Conversely a life that does not fulfill its purpose can never be a productive life regardless of how much is accomplished!
When we obey God we glorify God. When we love others, when we put others first we are obeying God and thus living a productive life.
Do you want to live a truly productive life? Then implement the core idea into your daily routine. Put others first!
Putting others first doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be physically present. You can be putting others first for instance when you write a book that teaches others “What’s Best Next” as Matt Perman has done. He put you and I and countless others first as he used his God given gifts and talents to use to love us and thereby glorify God.
I trust that you are now beginning to look at productivity in an entirely new light. One that will insure that you aren’t spending your time and thus in your life in unproductive pursuits.