V. As a Man in Relation to the Management of His Time and Manifold Responsibilities
Gal. 5:23 with Acts 24:25 and 2 Pet. 1:6
1 Cor. 9:25
1 Cor. 7:9
A. You must acquire and maintain a clear understanding of and a religious commitment to your God-given ministerial duties.
2. Christ alone has the right to dictate the duties of the office which He has conceived and instituted.
3. Major categories of ministerial duty
a. The disciplines essential to the maintenance of a vital and growing piety
1 Tim. 4:16
1 Tim. 4:7
b. The disciplines essential to the maintenance of intellectual vigor and balance
c. The disciplines essential for adequate preparation for public ministries
2 Tim. 2:15
d. The disciplines essential for the demands of individual care of needy sheep
e. The disciplines essential to the wise administration of the life of the people of God
1 Tim. 3:5
1 Pet. 5:2ff
f. The disciplines essential to the maintenance of good emotional and physical health
1 Tim. 4:8
1 Tim. 5:23
B. You must acquire and maintain a clear understanding of and a religious commitment to your God-given general or ordinary responsibilities.
3. Friend and correspondent
4. Son and relative
C. You ought prayerfully to establish a structured schedule which reflects a commitment to fulfill all of your ministerial and general duties.
1. This schedule should be realistic.
2. This schedule should be comprehensive.
1 Sam. 15:22
3. This schedule should be tenaciously pursued.
See the imagery of the soldier, athlete, and farmer in 2 Tim. 2:1-6.
4. This schedule should be reasonably flexible.
Mk. 6:30-31 with 6:33-36
D. Practical implementation
1. You must master yourself.
1 Cor. 9:27
2. You must master your home.
1 Tim. 3:4-5
3. You must master your phone.
1 Cor. 7:23
4. You must master your calendar.
5. You must master your television and newspaper.
6. You must master your pillow and blanket.
7. You must master your legitimate avocations.
8. You should instruct and secure the cooperation of your wife, children, fellow office bearers, flock, and friends.
William G. Blaikie, The Public Ministry of Christ (Minneapolis: Klock & Klock Christian Publishers, Inc., 1984), pp 63-64.