February 22, 2010
Busy. Does that word resonate with you? Get up early; rush to get ready for work; rush to work; work, work, work, have to get it all done; rush home late; rush into the grocery store to pick up a few items; rush to get supper; rush the kids to a soccer game; rush to an appointment; rush to get the laundry done; rush to clean up the kitchen; get in bed late; get up early – and it starts all over again. Sound vaguely familiar? Is this the pattern of your life?
There is nothing wrong with being busy. The book of Proverbs warns us about the consequences of being lazy.
Proverbs 20:4 – The lazy man will not plow because of winter/He will beg during harvest and have nothing
Proverbs 26:14 – As a door turns on its hinges/ So does the lazy man on his bed
Proverbs 26:15 – The lazy man buries his hand in the bowl/ It wearies him to bring it back to his mouth
In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul had some pointed words to say to those who were not busy – if anyone will not work, neither shall he eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10). He held himself up as an example to others in this area – for you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you; nor did we eat anyone’s bread free of charge, but worked with labor and toil night and day (2 Thessalonians 3:7-8). Sounds like Paul was busy.
When God created Adam one of the first things He gave man was work. Genesis 2:15 says; Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and to keep it. The word tend means to cultivate – to plow, plant, and harvest. Adam’s first job was to work in the garden of Eden. Being busy is not intrinsically wrong. The question that we need to examine is this: are we busy at the right things? Are we busy at things that will actually make a difference? Not just in this life but for eternity?
As Christians we need to make sure that we are busy at the right things in life; things that will make an eternal impact. Be busy at your job so that you can support God’s work. Be busy with your family so that you can influence them for Christ. Be busy in your community so that you can minister to the spiritual needs of your neighbors. Be busy in your church so you can build the kingdom of God. Make sure that your business pays eternal dividends.
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