There are lots of reasons we care about productivity — we might want to have less stress, we might want to get more done in less time, or we might simply find the subject interesting in itself. And those are all good reasons.
But there are deeper, better reasons to care about productivity. There are, in fact, some amazing and incredible reasons to care about productivity that I am seeing almost no one ever talk about.
Chief among these reasons to care about productivity is this: Productivity is really about good works.
That’s worth saying again: Productivity is really about good works — which we were created in Christ to do (Ephesians 2:10) and which are to do eagerly and enthusiastically (Titus 2:14). That’s why productivity matters, and that’s why I write about productivity. My aim is to help Christians be effective in good works.
That’s a quote from Matt Perman. I would only change his thinking slightly: productivity is about glorifying God through good works.
But it has revolutionised the way I think about life.
It has really united 2 things I care heaps about: Don’t Waste Your Life and being productive. Originally, being productive came from not wanting to waste my life. But it has a tendency to take a life of its own and like everything in my sick, twisted mind, to become an idol.
This has united the 2 again.
When I look at my to-do list, it is not a bunch of things I need to get through so I can say, I was productive. It is a bunch of reminders of good works that I want to do, and I have the opportunity today to do them.
This has coincided with me finding a fantastic verse:
“we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Thess 1:11-12
Here is a theology of productivity:
1) Productivity is about good works.
2) Productivity is all “by his power”
3) Productivity is all “so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified.
Does it get better than that?