This past Sunday we finished up our series on “T3: Talent, Treasure, Time.” You can check out the other posts on T3 for a recap if you want (click the “Last Week in Youth Group” category on your right, or type in “T3” in the search bar).
Ultimately, we need to ask ourselves three questions if we’re going to accept the challenge of living a T3 lifestyle:
- Who’s my King?
- What’s my mission?
- Am I intentional?
Who’s my King?
This is huge! If you’re living for yourself rather than living for Christ, then obviously you’re not going to use your Talents, Treasure, and Time in a way that honors Jesus Christ and demonstrates His greatness to others. If you’re trying to partially live for Christ then you’re going to be missing out too. You might go to church, youth group, whatever – but you’ll only follow Jesus until things start getting uncomfortable. “What, Jesus, you actually want me to talk about you with my friends! But they might not like me anymore if I do.”
Really, I get it. It’s tough to truly live with Jesus Christ as your King, letting Him call the shots. Faith isn’t easy: anyone who tells you otherwise is either ignorant or trying to sell you a lie.
Jesus says “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money” (Matthew 6:24). How many masters are you trying to serve?
What’s my Mission?
Jesus taught that our mission on Earth is to make disciples of all people everywhere. “Jesus came and told his disciples, ‘I have been given all authority in heaven and earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age'” (Matthew 28:18-20).
Have you ever been to a little league baseball game and seen one of the kids in the outfield watching the birds or checking out the bugs in the grass rather than paying attention to the ball that’s heading his way? I think there are a lot of Christians who are like that… are you one of them, or do you know what you’re here to do: Honor Jesus Christ and make him known to others.
Are you Intentional?
Living a T3 lifestyle doesn’t happen by accident, it takes a lot of work. I love the word “intentional,” it’s just so purposeful. Many of us talk about having good intentions when things go wrong, but the reality is our original hopes didn’t happen because we didn’t follow through on what we wanted to do.
How many of us truly desire to grow closer in our relationship with Christ through Scripture and prayer – yet we never make a plan to actually carve out time to do it! We make excuses like, “I was too busy” and “I didn’t find the time.” But the truth is that we didn’t make the time. The saying “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” is all too true.
We often have this idea that Jesus was a fly by the seat of his pants type of guy who didn’t make plans and just went with the flow. But he had a Treasurer (Judas Iscariot, the traitor) who took care of the money to make sure they had enough to meet their needs as they went from place to place. Take a look at what Jesus says in Luke 18:28-33,
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’
“Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.”
You need to choose who you’re living for and what you’re here to do, it won’t happen by accident.