“I must work…while it is day.” Jn 9:4 NKJV
Time is like money; it must be budgeted. That means determining the difference between the fixed—what you must do—and the discretionary—what you would like to do. What caused Jesus to be such an organized person? (1) He understood His mission. During His final walk toward Jerusalem where He would be crucified, His ears picked up the voice of a blind man and He stopped, much to the consternation of His friends. They were irritated that Jesus did not appreciate that Jerusalem was still six or seven hours away and that they would like to get there to achieve their purpose, the celebration of the Passover (See Lk 18:35-42). From where they were standing, it appeared that Jesus was misusing His time. But from where Jesus was standing, the time was well spent for it fitted the criteria of His mission. (2) He understood His limits. He knew what we so often forget: that time must be properly budgeted for gathering inner strength and resolve in order to compensate for one’s weaknesses when spiritual warfare begins. Knowing His limits, such private moments were a fixed item on Jesus’ time budget. And it was hard for even those closest to Him to fully appreciate this. (3) He had His eye on the future. Jesus spent the lion’s share of His time training twelve men. He said, “I will build my church” (Mt 16:18 NKJV). How did He plan to build it? Through others. So, the way to maximize your time—is to keep your life’s purpose before you at all times and evaluate each decision in the light of it.