GRC ONLINE DIGITAL CARE GROUP #10
Help! I Have No Time
In this care group, Pastor Darren Sim, Pastor Josh and Lindsay Holohan share more on the topic: Help! I Have No Time!
We live in a culture where busyness is worn as a badge of honor. There is a constant need to do more, achieve more, and get more in order to rise to the top. As children of God, we are called to do the contrary—slow down and live in the unforced rhythms of His grace. But how do we do that? Even if we are not chasing accolades and titles, there never seems to be enough time for all that we have to do. Grab your Bible and notebook and join the discussion as our pastors discuss all these and more.
Take part in this digital care group session on your own or together with your friends and family. Feel free to use this guide to follow the conversation with our pastors, use it for your personal time of study, or to facilitate more conversations with your community.
This session is based on the message:
- Joseph Prince—Answers For A Hurried Life (Sep 5, 2021) [Sermon Notes]
1. How do we find rest in a culture of hurriedness and busyness?
In our society today, there is a prevailing culture of hurriedness and busyness. Many see being busy as an achievement or a sign of success. While it is important for us not to be lazy in our jobs, God’s desire is for us to produce fruits without stress, anxiety, or hurriedness on the inside.
We can do that because at the cross, the Lord has already finished all the work needed for your provision and life (see Heb. 4:3,11 KJV). Because the Lord has already finished the work, His finishing line is now your starting post.
And when you choose to rest in Him, the Lord will not rest until He has successfully resolved the matter for you.
Then she said, “Sit still, my daughter, until you know how the matter will turn out; for the man will not rest until he has concluded the matter of this day.” — Ruth 3:18
We can rest because Jesus won’t rest unless He accomplishes, finishes, and perfects what He started.
Talk It Over
Is there an area in your life that the Lord is showing you to slow down in? Take a moment to share or write it down in your journal, and commit it into the Lord’s hands.
2. How did Jesus relax?
Life is busy. Whether it is with work, school, or family, there are many things in our daily lives that demand our attention. How then do we live in the midst of unavoidable busyness? We can look at how Jesus did it during His time ministering on earth.
During His time on earth, Jesus was one of the busiest people around. We see in the Scriptures that He was always on the move, going from village to village teaching, proclaiming the good news, and healing the sick (see Matt. 9:35). Yet, we also see from the Word that He was never in a hurry or rushing from one place to another, but was always calm and at rest. How did He do it?
Jesus prioritized having:
- Prayer Time
- Social Time (not social media time)
- Church Time
- Sleeping Time
- Nature Time (not Netflix time)
- Walking Time
- Kingdom Time/Enjoy Today Time
Instead of wearing busyness as a badge of honor, be adorned in the Lord’s rest and experience His supernatural acceleration in every area of your life.
3. Own the Word
OWN THE WORD
Relax, as Jesus Is Relaxed
This week, begin to practice what Jesus did in His time to rest and relax.
For instance, when you find yourself getting into a worry loop, choose to go out for a walk and talk to the Lord about the cares on your heart. If you find yourself getting fearful thinking about a work presentation or a situation in school, choose instead to spend time with a friend, get together and pray with one another.
Questions about this topic
Does resting in the Lord mean I don’t have to work hard at my job or in school?
Rest is not inactivity. It is Spirit-directed activity. Rest does not mean that God wants you to be lazy or passive in your job or at school. He wants you to produce fruits wherever you are in but do so without stress, anxiety, or hurriedness on the inside. God’s grace and rest do not make you lazy and unproductive. On the contrary, it makes you labor more abundantly for His glory.
The apostle Paul, who championed the gospel of grace, said that he “labored more abundantly than they all” (1 Cor. 15:10). Jesus accomplished everything for you on the cross. He finished all the work needed for your provision and life. The knowledge of what He has done empowers you to labor more abundantly.
In other words, you do not have to labor to be blessed or to be successful, but rather, through Christ, you have the power to labor more abundantly because you are already blessed. As you rest in His finished work, let the Holy Spirit and His wisdom teach and guide you, and begin to experience God’s way to success, wholeness, and victorious living!
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