The Most Productive Thing You Can Do in a Day


There is no shortage of resources out today on the topic of productivity. We live in a “girl boss” and “hustle hard” culture that encourages us to work hard, work harder, and get things done. 

Today as you look over your long to-do list, we submit to you the single most productive thing you can do in a day: spend meaningful time with the Lord in His Word.

No one will ever be heard saying on their deathbed, “I spent too much time reading the Word of God.” 



We shrug off prayer and reading as activities that should somehow fit in later once we get our meaningful work done. But why? We must change our mindset. Spending time with the Lord should not be viewed as merely a duty, but a delight—the Supreme delight.

Consider the first question and answer of the Westminster Catechism:

What is the chief end of man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.

This is what John Piper fondly calls Christian Hedonism. He defines it this way: “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”

In fact, this is exactly what we see David saying in Psalm 16: “I said to the Lord, 'You are my Lord; I have no good besides You (Psalm 16:2).'” What a stunning statement!

In contrast to the joy and delight David experienced in pursuing relationship with His Creator, he thinks on the sad state of those who trade real treasure for something lesser, “The sorrows of those who have bartered for another god will be multiplied…(Psalm 16:4a)” In neglecting to delight in the Lord do we realize we are actually exchanging joy for sorrow?

C.S. Lewis writes, “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

David concludes the psalm, “In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever (Psalm 16:11b).” 

So whatever it is that you have on your to-do list today, make time to spend with your Creator. May the reading of His Word delight and refresh your soul as nothing else can.


Read through Psalm 16 and take note of David's view of God and the reasons he delights in Him. Spend some time in prayer and confess any sin that has been keeping you from enjoying God and His Word.



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