It’s not the expensive school located in Cambridge, Massachusetts called “The Massachusetts Institute of Technology”. MIT stands for “Most Important Task”. It’ s a concept that challenges you to think and to define each day what is the task you most want or need to get done that day. The idea is that no matter what else you that day must do this task will have priority and must be accomplished.
But I don’t want to challenge you to think only what your MIT are for one day. I want to challenge you think and define what is “The Most Important Task of your life”. What it´s the MIT for all of us as Christian in a world that is against our values and beliefs? What it´s the MIT for each of us as a child of God, who wants to obey and please God? What should be our MIT as disciples of Jesus who want to share His love with all the people who do not know Him?
Let me suggest three tasks:
- Listen to the voice of God — Can we really hear the voice of God?
God spoke the creation into existence (Genesis 1) and sustains all life by his words (Hebrews 1:3). Today he is still speaking to our hearts in “gentle whispers” (1 Kings 19:12) that create and renew life in us and around us. Jesus says in John 10:27, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me”. To hear the voice of Jesus we must first be his sheep and belong to his flock. We must be close to Him and know Him as a friend. But God is inviting us to know more than just his voice. He is inviting you to know Him. He is inviting you to enter in a relationship based on love, trust, and confidence. If you want to hear God’s voice, you need to seek him. Be honest. Ask him to give you ears to hear and eyes to see the ways he is speaking to you. Read your Bible. Be quiet and focused on what He is saying.
- Discern the voice of God —What does it mean?
It’s no use just listening. You need to understand, to process. Putting it in other words, you must meditate. Psalm 1:2 says, “But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” Meditation prepares us to understand what God has said, helps us to focus, understand, remember, worship, and make an application of it into our lives. Dr. Bruce Demarest writes “A quieted heart is our best preparation for all this work of God. Meditation refocuses us from ourselves and from the world so that we reflect on God’s Word, His nature, His abilities, and His works.” Meditation is not a confined life in a monastery, it’s learning to think of and hear from God in the busyness of real life.
- Obey the voice of God —What will I do with that?
In order to listen to God and receive His instruction, we must want to do His will. David says in Psalm 40:8, “I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” God honors the heart that is fully surrendered to Him. If we want to hear God´s voice, first we must be ready to obey. When you listen to God and obey Him, you will discover a life that is full and rich with purpose. And you will be confident that you are following the master’s plan. For that reason, be ready to listen to His message, and be quick to obey Him.
Pastor Norberto Obermann