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Let’s be real. Society now has become crazy busy. Whether you are a toddler or in your 50’s, I’m sure your schedule is packed. But the real question is what is your schedule packed with? Is it your job, family, social media, TV, extra-curricular activities, hobbies, etc? Is what you are doing building the Kingdom of God?
I had a conversation with a friend the other day about the busyness. She said “You know…Satan is keeping himself busy trying to undo God’s work. So if we are going to be busy, let us be busy with the Lord’s work.” And how true is that? Satan is continuously finding ways to sneak in and cause destruction, doubt, depression, etc. (1 Peter 5:8) “But if we are constantly filling ourselves with God’s light as well as intentionally expelling His love towards others, Satan will have no room to enter.”
Now, I am not saying to work yourself into the ground volunteering for everything at church or continuously be on the go and not rest. I am saying to check yourself and make sure that your goal and priority in life is to further the Kingdom.
Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
I’ve just recently read the book “Crazy Busy” by Kevin DeYoung. In chapter 10, DeYoung mentions the story of Mary and Martha. Short version: Jesus came over to Mary and Martha’s house. Martha was busy cooking and preparing for Jesus’ visit, while Mary sat at Jesus’ feet. Then Jesus calls Martha out and says “Martha, Martha, You are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41 .
I really like how DeYoung paraphrased it “Your busyness is not wrong. But it is not best.” He continues to say that the key word here is “distracted.” “Martha isn’t doing anything bad. She’s just being pulled away from what is better.“
I encourage you this next week to not be distracted by meaningless things, but point your eyes towards what is better and to utilize your time for the glory of God.
Have a great weekend! 🙂