What’s interesting about time is the fact that everyone has the same amount of it in any given day. Oddly enough, it seems as if there are people who have all the time in the world and others seem as if they never get enough. In youth ministry, we seem to get the second of the bunch. When it comes to the weekly tasks, videos, curriculum and message prep there doesn’t seem to be enough time in the days or the weeks to actually put into practice the things Jesus asked us to do.
The other day, I realized something interesting about Jesus’ interactions with people. Jesus had a lot to do. Jesus had places to go. But for some reason, whenever a person would approach Him, Jesus would make that person feel like there was nothing more important than whatever that person’s needs were. He would stop what he was doing, address the situation and act compassionately towards that person. Not only did that demonstrate an amazing ability to problem solve, it gave everyone around a snapshot of what the Kingdom mindset was all about.
If we do not do the same in our ministries with our parents, students and leaders, we are missing the boat.
With all the things on our plates, how is it possible to pour into people the way Jesus did? We cannot forget that we are in the disciple making business. Our goal ought to be to make sure when people approach us on the weekends or week days, that there is nothing more important to us than what is happening in the people’s lives we were called to serve. How do we even begin to do that?
When we align ourselves with God’s will for us and our ministry, He will provide us efficient time to not only get our weekly tasks done, but to serve our people as well. In Spiritual Leadership, J. Oswald Sanders says, “The secret of Jesus’ serenity lay in His assurance that He was working according to the Father’s plan for His life – a plan that embraced every hour and made provision for every need. Through communion in prayer with His Father, Jesus received each day both the words He would say and the works He would do”. We have access to this as well. I am willing to bet that the majority of us younger pastors admit to the fact that we’d like to spend more time in the Word or in prayer. In order to make sure He had the time to do other things, Jesus made daily conversation with God and submission to his authority a priority in His daily routine. When we do the same, God will allow us the necessary time to do His will.
That seems like a good starting point to me.
Adam Knowles is the Junior High Director at Inland Hills Church in Chino, CA. He is married to his wife Melissa and has a daughter named Scotti and a son named Hudson. He loves Jesus a lot, too. Follow him on Twitter + Instagram: @adam_knowles