LISTEN NOW! WATCH FULL PROGRAM! Some may not be familiar with the name ‘Marissa Mayer’, but she is quote “the recognizable figure” in the technology world. As the present CEO of search engine ‘Yahoo’, she is now the youngest CEO, at 37 years-old. Before her time at Yahoo, she added considerable input to the company Google. Reportedly, she is responsible for ‘Google Maps’ and ‘Gmail’. No small feat. In her busy life of corporate leadership, she is also a new mother. When being interviewed by Fortune Magazine, she was asked what the most important thing she does to get it all done, she responds, “You have to ruthlessly prioritize”. Being from Wisconsin, she quotes Vince Lombardi, “In my life there are three things: God, family, and the Green Bay Packers. In that order.” In her case, she expresses her priorities as “God, family, and Yahoo. In that order.”
Regardless of who we are, all of us can attest to the many distractions, emails, phone calls, and tasks that seem to always be beckoning our full attention. In order for us to be productive, we have to be able to say no to some things and yes to others. In the case of eternity, the question is not; are we being productive; the question is, are we being fruitful? Jesus clearly states in John 15:8, “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” We have to know that which is important today so that we can avoid the regrets of tomorrow. Tomorrow’s regrets can be avoided by slowing down and prioritizing the life that we are living.
It is one thing to say what our priorities are, but what does our life show our priorities to be? How do we spend our time? When we understand God’s purposes for our life we are more capable of capturing the opportunities that God puts before us. Revivalist Steve Hill said, “The opportunity of a lifetime must be seized within the lifetime of that opportunity”. Truth of the matter is we tend to focus too much on what our desires are opposed to what God’s desires are. Matthew 6:33 reveals, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
The question is, how do we put God first in our lives? What does this look like on a practical level? We can begin each and every one of our days by simply spending time with God. By reading His Word, the Bible, hearing His voice, and doing what He calls us to do, it is only a natural progression that we become more like Him. Jesus says in John 15:4, “Remain in me, as I also 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.” We may be doing many things, but apart from Jesus, our actions have no Kingdom value. It is inside of an abiding relationship with Jesus, that our lives can take on significance, that ultimately greatly impacts the Kingdom.
Make the choice today to live your life on purpose and not on accident. Hear more of the interview with Marissa Meyer, how to live a fruitful life for Jesus Christ, and so much more. Also shared in this segment: Leonard Ravenhill, pregnancy, distractions, values, eternity, interruptions, enemies, time, net worth, and wisdom. John and Steve shared in this segment.
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