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So you want to be productive? Do you want to accomplish a lot of things? Do you want to make the most of your time?

But the question is not so much about HOW you will be able to accomplish them. The question really is, “WHY?”

Why do you want to accomplish those things in the first place?

Why are you starting that business? What’s your purpose?

Why do you need to submit your school requirements this week? Why are you in school in the first place?

Why do you want to earn your target income? What is that money for?

Why do you want to accomplish your ministry goals this week? What is your purpose for doing ministry work?

Why do you want to evangelize your target number of people? What is your purpose for reaching out to people?

What is it that you really want to accomplish?

Who are you really working for?

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
Matthew 6:24 NIV

You gave your life to Jesus. He deserves to be your master and no one (and nothing) else–not money, your family, your job, your boss, your business, your ministry, your church, your religion, your country, your ideology, or anything else. Not even yourself.

Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. We cannot bear fruits apart from him.

We need to ask ourselves, “Are we trying to produce fruits on our own? Or are we relying on the vine, holding on to Jesus so we can bear fruits?”

Surrender your goals to Jesus. All your desires and aspirations. Lay them all down at his feet. Deny yourself and take up your cross daily.

Before you think about how you can accomplish your goals, ask yourself: “Why am I pursuing these things? What does God want me to do?”


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