Pastor Shane Ham : Developing Your Work-Life Rhythm

It's Not Just a Job · 50:00 · Recorded June 25, 2017

Developing Your Work-Life Rhythm

Job 14:5 (NCV) Our time is limited. You have given us only so many months to live and have set limits we cannot go beyond.

Psalm 90:12 (NASB) So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.

Ephesians 5:16 (ESV) …making the best of time, because the days are evil.

1. Consider the brilliance of God’s work-rest example.

Genesis 2:2 (CEV) By the seventh day God had finished his work, and so he rested.

Exodus 20:8-11 (TEV) “Observe the Sabbath and keep it holy. You have six days in which to do your work, but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to me. On that day no one is to work… In six days I, the LORD, made the earth, the sky, the seas, and everything in them, but on the seventh day I rested. That is why I, the LORD, blessed the Sabbath and made it holy.”

Qualities of a Great Rest or “Sabbath”:

Incubation.

Investigation.

Psalm 139:23 (MSG) Investigate my life, O God, find out everything about me; Cross-examine and test me, get a clear picture of what I’m about.

Illumination.

2. Evaluate your ongoing motivations!

Why do I do what I do?

Who am I trying to please?

Who am I going to become?

Am I trusting the Lord?

3. Choose trust when worry strikes.

1 Peter 5:7 (TLB) Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.

Psalm 138:8 (NLT) The LORD will work out his plans for my life — for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.

4. Prune your activities periodically.

1 Corinthians 6:12 (NIV) “Everything is permissible for me”–but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”–but I will not be mastered by anything.

Knowing what should remain:

You look in.

Genesis 1:26 (NIV) “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule…”

You look out.

You look up.

5. Stay present in the present.

Ecclesiastes 5:20 (MSG) God deals out joy in the present, the now.

6. Invite the Lord to help craft your calendar!

Matthew 12:8 (TLB) “For I, the Messiah, am master even of the Sabbath.”

Revelation 3:20 (TLB) “Look! I have been standing at the door, and I am constantly knocking. If anyone hears me calling him and opens the door, I will come in and fellowship with him and he with me.”

Study & Discussion Questions
  • What do you feel when you read the three scriptures at the top of your notes? Fear? Reassurance? Concern for what is left to accomplish? Share your thoughts with your small group.
  • Looking at the qualities of a great rest or Sabbath, which of the three listed do you feel you are on track with and in which do you need to invest some time, thought, or support?
  • Think back to a time when you were worried about something. Were you able to choose trust? Why or why not? Having scripture already in your heart and mind when faced with difficulty provides support, encouragement, and the reminder that God is with you through everything. Choose a verse to memorize: 1 Peter 5:7; Matthew 11:28-30; John 14:27.
  • Review how you spend your time with a thoughtful and critical eye. Is there anything you’re spending time on that is not beneficial for you? Should it be pruned out of your life? Is there something that is gaining mastery over you or your time? Should it be pruned? Ask God to show you with his eyes what he’d have you reduce or eliminate for your good and his glory. Talk about this with a friend and create an accountability plan to help you stay on track.
  • How can you be more present in each moment? Do you need to put your phone down? Make more eye contact and become a better active listener? Be more aware of your surroundings? Think this through come up with three specific action steps you will take this week to be more “present in the present.”
  • Today our elementary kids learned about Jacob and Esau. Jacob had deceived his brother and it cost Esau a lot! Jacob had actually run away to keep his brother from trying to get revenge. Jacob finally decided to return home. Ask your kids what Jacob did to try to keep the peace with his brother. Did Esau show forgiveness to Jacob? Find out for yourself by reading their story in Genesis 32-33:15. Our bottom line is: You don’t have to get even. Show forgiveness!
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