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Making Maximum Impact In Life (5)

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Before I stopped last week, I was discussing wisdom, understanding and knowledge as one of the ingredients for making impact in life. I want to round off my discussion on that but other ingredients I talked about in the past were: salvation, discipleship, divine purpose, focus, the anointing, grace, diligence and right company.

Proverbs 24:3-4 also underscores how imperative wisdom, knowledge and understanding are in life. “Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches” (New King James Version). No impact without wisdom, knowledge and understanding.

Look at what verses 5-7 of Proverbs 24 say further: “A wise man is strong, yes, a man of knowledge increases strength; for by wise counsel you will wage your own war, and in a multitude of counselors there is safety. Wisdom is too lofty for a fool; he does not open his mouth in the gate” (New King James Version).

Someone without wisdom, understanding and knowledge will live a mediocre life. If you want to make maximum impact in life you need these three, and if you can get wisdom – good sense (the ability to make decisions and judgments based on personal knowledge and experience) – you would have gotten the three interrelated virtues. Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” (King James Version) And thank God, wisdom is available for all to have. The key is to ask from God in faith, and He’ll give liberally (James 1:5-8).

• FAITH AND PATIENCE – The twin component of faith and patience should be a close companion of anyone who wants to make maximum impact in life. You need faith in God because the challenge could be daunting; you need patience because maximum impact does not come immediately. Hebrews 6:12 says that you should make sure you “do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (New King James Version). The Bible says that without faith, it is impossible to please God (Heb 11:6). If you have faith in God to make maximum impact in your calling in life, He will reward your efforts with success. “For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything” (James 1:3-4 New Living Translation).

• JUDICIOUS USE OF TIME – Do you have respect for time – yours and others’ time?  A time waster is a life waster! John C. Maxwell said, “Time management is an oxymoron. Time is beyond our control, and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives. Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time we have.”

You must prioritize the use of your time to make impact in life. Your life can be ultimately broken down from years to seconds. Time is what God has given you to employ to fulfill your destiny. Like it has been rightly said, your destiny was written in eternity past but you don’t have eternity to fulfill it!

Jesus knew he didn’t have all the time – he had only three and a half years to do his ministry – and he maximized the short time to make maximum, eternal impact. It is not how long but how well. It is not the duration that determines the impact but the devotion. Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom” (New Living Translation). There is a time for everything so don’t waste time; don’t misallocate time. “There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 New Living Translation). Do the right thing at the right time and beware of those who want to waste your time. Whoever has no respect for your time has no regard for your destiny.

I believe you’ve been blessed. I’ll round off this series next week with the last ingredient I intend to discuss.

TAKE ACTION

If you are not born again, kindly say this prayer now: “0 Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour and surrender my life to him today. I invite Jesus into my heart today. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you Jesus for saving me and making me a child of God”

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible believing, Bible teaching church in your area where you will be taught how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things becoming all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. May the Lord be with you.

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