Busy, busy, busy! Christians are just too busy. We are too busy to pray, too busy to rest, too busy to spend time with our families, too busy with the work of the "church" to do the work of the Lord... We are just too busy!!
There are so many important things to do!! There are so many projects
and meetings and services to attend! Life moves at a
tremendous speed. But, unfortunately, I am afraid that at the end of the day, we are just as hungry and empty as when we
started the day.
WHO REALLY WANTS TO SLOW DOWN?
But who really wants to slow down? We will all admit our guilt but, as we read this article, I don't really think that any of us want Him desperately enough to change.
Is there anyone who is ready to slow down to sit at the feet of Jesus
so that they can hear from Him, be instructed by Him and do only the things
He says we are to do? Most of the time, I think we are so busy doing good
things that we don't have time to do GOD things! But only with a soft and
quiet heart can we discern the difference between the two. Gold, silver
jewels do not resemble wood, hay and stubble, yet we continually confuse the two. . The latter group does absolutely nothing to fulfill the thirsting of the soul, while the former [if he means "spiritual" gold, silver, precious jewels - DIVINE things: what is left after the fire of God has "tried" it] fills us to overflowing. The latter [what God has NOT said to do] is easily accumulated with little effort and little cost. The former comes only with sacrifice and death to self [from waiting upon Him].
When will we learn that the only work that will endure is the work that is born of God [the former group]? The stuff we do because of the need around us may make us feel better, but when we are moving [uncompleted sentence] ( see 1 Cor. 3:11-15).
"Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things;
but only a few things are necessary, really only one, for
Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her." (Luke 10:41-42 NASB)
Only time in His Presence will show us the power of what can be accomplished when we restrict our activity to only what we see and hear Him telling us to do.
It is amazing but true: sometimes the enemy will fill our schedule with good things to keep us from doing the things God wants us to do.
If the devil cannot make us sin, if he cannot get us discouraged or proud, he will make us too busy to hear from God. We will run and run and run and run, but we will never fulfill our destiny. Our days will be filled with doing good things. Very often they are things that serve the church. They can be things that make us feel good but yet do not fulfill. This is only because they are not the things God told us to do.
RESPONDING TO NEED
We have become people who respond to need instead of responding to the Lord. But even the Lord did not respond to the need around Him. He responded to His Father in heaven. Regardless of what He saw, He listened carefully to what He heard His Father saying to Him and that is what He did.
"Jesus therefore answered and was saying to them, "Truly, truly, I say
to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is
something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner." Jn 5:19 NASB
Need is never the motivator. Jesus, more than all of us, could
not only see the need that pressed in around Him, but had
compassion for everyone He saw. Yet, He said, "The poor will always be with you" Matt. 26:11. There is something more
important than the poor.
He passed by hundreds at the pool of Bethsaida and only healed one,
even though He had the power to heal them all. There is
something more important than the lame.
Jesus fed the four thousand and the seven thousand. Was Jesus among
the hungry only a few times during His earthly ministry?
Obviously not. They were pressing in around Him all the time. But there is something more important than the hungry.
Jesus demonstrated to us that hearing His Father was the best thing
He could do. He wanted to do the "God thing", not just the
"good thing". Of course the poor and lame are important, but if God did not send you to the poor or the lame, your success will be minimal and your efforts in vain. The real question is simply, 'What is God saying for you to do?' That is what should consume your time. Though there are many good things to do around us all the time, we must be disciplined to do only what we are called to do. Others are called to the things we cannot [are not called to] do.
TRUST HIM FOR THE REST
We need to learn how to trust God for those needs around us. There are needs that we will never be able to take care of. These must be entrusted to Him. He will provide people [in HIS Time, in HIS Way] to do things we don't have time [or calling] to do.
We must stop being so busy doing good things in order to get quiet enough
to hear what God is saying to us. It will take a lot of
discipline to only do what God tells us to do, but that is how we will fulfill our destiny.
The Lord wants us to focus on Him and the specific calling He has given to us. Anything else is wood, hay and straw, no matter how good it looks.