Simplify Your Life to Do God’s Work - Daily Hope with Rick Warren - December 17, 2021
- Sign Up for Email? Sign Up for Email Delivery?
- 2021 Dec 17
Simplify Your Life to Do God’s Work
By Rick Warren
“Anyone who lets himself be distracted from the work I plan for him is not fit for the Kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62 (TLB)
Thousands of people have told me that, though they want to be used by God, they’re too busy. They’ve got their own agendas. They have their plans and dreams and ambitions, and they don’t have any time to give to God.
If you’re serious about being used by God, say, “Lord, what do I need to let go of? What do I need to cut out? What barriers are holding me back, keeping me from running the race you have planned for me?”
One of the biggest barriers is distractions. Jesus said in Luke 9:62, “Anyone who lets himself be distracted from the work I plan for him is not fit for the Kingdom of God” (TLB).
Here are a few of the many things that might be distracting you from your life mission:
The expectations of other people. You’ve got to decide who you’re going to please first in life. You can only have one “number one.”
Hobbies. There’s nothing wrong with having hobbies. But if they distract you from the most important things, then you need to let them go.
Your past. Maybe you haven’t let go of your past, and you’re holding on to guilt, resentment, or grief. Here’s the problem with that: When you’re stuck in the past, you can’t get on with the present—and you certainly can’t get on with God’s future for you. Your past is past. It’s over! So let it go.
What do you need to let go of? The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:23, “‘Everything is permissible,’ but not everything is helpful” (HCSB). What does that mean? Many things aren’t necessarily wrong; they’re just not necessary. Life is often a choice between “Am I going to do something good?” or “Am I going to do what’s best?”
If the devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy. He’ll get you so busy that you don’t have time for the important things—ministry, mission, and time alone with God.
You can’t do it all. So do what matters most! Simplify your life and eliminate distractions so God can use you.
PLAY today’s audio teaching from Pastor Rick
For more Daily Hope with Rick Warren, please visit pastorrick.com!
Discover the Depth of Jesus’ Love for You This Easter
Experience the Passion of Christ in a more powerful way with Pastor Rick’s beautifully illustrated book, Journey with Jesus.
Join Pastor Rick as he traces Jesus’ journey through Jerusalem to Calvary—the most meaningful path Jesus walked while on Earth.
As you flip through the book’s rich, glossy photographs and colored mosaics, you’ll:
• Uncover biblical and historical insights into the most important event in history
• Gain a deeper understanding of Christ’s love for you
• Experience a new sense of joy and peace in God’s presence
This one-of-a-kind resource is only available through Daily Hope—and it’s our thanks for your gift below to help Daily Hope take the love of Jesus around the world.
Thank you for your partnership!
*The USA IRS code permits you to deduct the amount of your financial gift to Daily Hope that exceeds the fair market value of materials you received from Daily Hope.
This devotional © 2018 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
You can listen to Rick Warren on OnePlace.com.