Should Christians Work to be Productive?


I answer this question emphatically when asked, so much so that I don’t get asked very much any more. The question usually centers around a well intentioned leader who is trying to reconcile scriptures that relay the idea of waiting on God (also an important aspect of Christian leadership). My aim here is to not reconcile the two thoughts (perhaps that’s another blog idea) but to help the Christian leader understand that they need to be productive while waiting on God.

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,
16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. – Ephesians 5:15-17

Did you see the first seven words in verse 16? I did. I put those words in bold. In case you missed it though, here they are again, ”making the best use of the time.”









You are supposed to, as a christian, use time. The Christian is to recognize that they have time, the same amount of time that everyone else has. 365 Days in a year, 24 hours in each day, 60 minutes in each hour, 60 Seconds in each minute, 1000 milliseconds in each second. (Currently, my middle child loves milliseconds so you can thank him for that inclusion). We’ve all got the same amount of time: believer or unbeliever, leader or worker, husband or wife, rich or poor, parent or not, professor or student. We’ve all got the same amount of time. that’s an objective reality.


Where we all differ is what the best is. What’s the best use of the time? As soon as you ask that question a million ideas flood to mind. Exercise, bible study, work, email, family time, date night, finishing a degree, cold calls, networking, planning, executing, sleep, housework, cooking, worship, time with friends, recreation, etc.

The best is decidedly subjective on an individual level, but is definitely calling us to be productive. The key to unlocking the best is wisdom. The best is gospel-centered productivity. We’ve got to discern the best use of our time. That, my friends is a priority question.

The best way I’ve found to think through priorities is to think about roles that I have. Here are my roles:

  • Personal
  • Family
  • Pastor
  • Other Ministry

What roles do you have? What’s your best?

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