Timetables and schedules are something we are all familiar with. They are designed to help regulate our time and routine. Following a timetable or schedule is a very important part of life as it keeps us focused and intentional in our actions. As important and helpful they are; timetables and schedules can also be a real headache. Perhaps you have an intense workload and the sight of a schedule stresses you out! There is also the stress of trying to keep your schedule and then something hinders you. Missing the train or failing to read the train timetable correctly can be costly. However, when it is all said and done (regardless of the positive and negative experiences) timetables and schedules are important.
I want to talk to you about a different kind of timetable. It is the most important one – it is the timetable or schedule of your life. How do you regulate your life and what timetable are you following? The timetable you are on will determine where you are going. Sadly however, all too often we can be influenced by a worldly timetable. What does look like? Whenever we are living according to the ambitions and agenda of the world, that regulates and drives our lifestyle.
If you take time to examine the life of Christ from the Gospel accounts, it becomes increasingly clear that He lived His life regulated by the will of God. He operated according to the Heavenly Timetable. He had an agenda and a schedule to live by and nothing was going to deter Him. On one occasion Jesus said, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to accomplish His work” (). By these words Jesus revealed His unwavering devotion and delight – the will of God. He was both committed to the will of God and satisfied by it. We too must to be devoted to the will of God and find true delight in it.
God’s will for us is made known to us in His Word. The pages of Scripture contain numerous commands from the Lord for His people. Some of these commands are actually called the “will of God” (; ; ; ). God’s stipulated will is abundantly clear and it is not up for negotiation. Though that won’t always directly answer your questions concerning the future, it does tell you what God requires of you in the present. That ought to be your greatest obsession, namely what God requires of you now! Since God has made this clear to us in His Word, it is then of great importance that our obsession ought to be pursuing what He has said to us. The timetable of God’s Word is what ought to be regulating our lives.
34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.
17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,
3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality;
13 Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.
18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.