To Do Lists: Left Undone

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Mathew 5:17

Recently I was reading an article online concerning how to be a more productive person. One of the suggestions from the author was to get rid of your to-do list.

He said as useful it as it is to know the things you have to do, to-do lists can bring you down and be quite depressing. Especially when you think about all the things that are on that list that are left undone.

He estimated that 41% of the things that people put on to-do lists are never done. We think about our sin, we certainly are troubled by our words and actions against God and our neighbor, but there are other things that trouble us.

Maybe the opportunities or we should have spoken kind words to build someone up opportunities to show love and care and concern or help out our neighbor when we had the chance. It’s not that we necessarily broke a command or law, but we failed to love our neighbor as ourself.

God reassures us that he forgives even these sins and he points us to our Savior Jesus Christ who has fulfilled even that part of God’s law for us Matthew chapter 5 verse 17 Jesus says this:

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. – Matthew 5:17

Jesus came to fulfill the prophecies concerning the Messiah, but also more importantly, to fulfill the law for us in our place. Even God’s law that requires that we love our neighbor as ourselves.

Let not the long to-do lists of all the ways you have failed to love your neighbor keep you up at night, but turn to Christ and find your hope and confidence in Him who has fulfilled all of God’s law, even that part in your place. Know that you are free to live your life of faith and love. Amen.

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