How’s your margin coming? Have you made some space in your life? Have you breathed, listened to God, refrained from spending your entire paycheck, stir-fried some fresh vegetables instead of microwaving frozen dinners?
Don’t forget the reason we’re doing this. The whole purpose of margin is to make space for what GOD wants to do in our lives.
There’s a great story in Acts about Philip, who is one of Jesus’ followers helping to spread the gospel after Jesus ascends into heaven. He’s in Samaria when God interrupts him with some weirdly specific instructions:
Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.”
So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Candace (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”
Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.
“How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. (Acts 8:26-31)
After Philip explains the good news about Jesus to the Ethiopian official, he immediately believes and decides to get baptized! This is huge—the gospel’s gateway into Africa. We’ll see this man in heaven someday, and it never would have happened if Philip wasn’t listening.
Imagine if Philip had been in a huge hurry to get somewhere else. Imagine if Philip hadn’t been tuned into the Holy Spirit and thought—“Did God just say…? Nah, that doesn’t make sense. Probably just my imagination.” Imagine if Philip hadn’t had the physical capacity to run alongside a chariot! Having margin meant that Philip was ready and able to do whatever God asked.
So if you’re really struggling in one of these areas, I want you to keep this story in mind. You’re not just trimming your calendar as a good self-discipline. You’re not trying to adhere to some fad diet to fit in a pair of jeans. This is way more important than that. This is life-or-death serious.
There might be someone in heaven someday because you were obedient in creating margin in your life. And really…isn’t that worth it?
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