Show me a person’s calendar, and you show me their soul. Our priorities are visible in our lives. And no matter how much we aspire to something, if we truly don’t care about it, our schedule will show it.
The classic example of this truth is in New Year’s Resolutions. How many of these aspirations ever become a part of our everyday lives? But at the same time, something as unimportant as a football game can become the centre around which all lives must revolve. In a million years, will anyone look back and lament missing the Cowboys playing in the finals?
As followers of Christ, these questions are especially important. When people look at our lives, at our calendars, do they see Christ etched throughout every day?
In Luke 14:25-33, the evangelist tells us about how Jesus turned to the great crowds following him and started haranguing them about commitment. I’m sure they were shocked when Jesus said, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.” Even in our culture, where family is less important, these are shocking words. And they point to the priority of Christ.
But Jesus was not finished: “And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” The word “cross” doesn’t have the ugliness and brutality for us that it did for that crowd. Try “carry their noose” instead. Shocking, right?
And finally, Jesus insisted that discipleship was not a casual hobby, like footy or photography or Facebook. He said, “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?”
Have we done that? Do our neighbours see Christ in our calendar? Do they recognise that we have counted the cost of being a disciple of Christ? Are they confronted by our commitment? Startled by our single-mindedness? Do they long for the love that we live out?
Let’s plan every day by asking how each activity shows our love for Christ, and so show the world that He is Lord.