MARGIN: Making Space for Jesus

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.–Ephesians 5:1-2 (NIV)

Be very careful, then, how you live —not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.–Ephesians 5:15-17 (NIV)

1.  The budget our time reflects the condition of our heart.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.–Matthew 6:19 (NIV)

2.  Busyness robs our peace, it does not equal being productive.

And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,–Colossians 1:10 (NIV)

•  We want a FULL life, not a busy life.

•  Jesus demonstrated HOW to utilize our time.

3.  Margin moments with Jesus make the difference of a lifetime.

Margin in our schedules comes in many different ways:

  • spontaneous moments
  • scheduled moments
  • traded moments

Meeting with Jesus changes our hearts.

Meeting with Jesus is the most productive thing we can possibly do in our life.

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.–John 15:4-5 (NIV)