In our nonstop, online, on-demand 24/7 world, we have placed a high value on “being busy.” Many of us wear busy-ness like a badge of honor. “Oh, I’m sooo busy at the moment… I could probably squeeze you in next month!” We find acceptance in having so many demands on our time.
What if our ‘busy-ness’ is of little value to God?
What if our constant activity doesn’t actually produce any fruit?
What if… we actually valued pausing… reflecting… listening…. observing?
Might we catch a better glimpse of what our heavenly “Father’s busi-ness” looks like? After all, that was what Jesus was about even as a teenager (Luke 2:49).
We say we value hearing God’s voice. We talk about valuing intimacy with the Father. But intimacy only happens when two people come into close proximity, occupying the same time and space. It’s hard to do intimacy at speed (that’s normally called a collision!), and it’s somewhat undermined by the urgent need to get to the next thing.
It’s hard to do intimacy at speed—that’s normally called a collision! – Click to Tweet!
One day Jesus told His disciples, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Does your busy-ness ever leave you with the nagging doubt that you are not actually getting anything done? That’s because “nothing” is exactly what we will achieve if we are too busy to abide in Jesus!
Jesus invites us not to be apart from Him. He calls us to be embedded in Him (just like a branch is part of the vine) and then to stay connected to Him, in order to be fruitful.
Over the next few posts I want to look at what it means to abide in Christ, to “remain in Him.” I invite you to walk with me as we seek to put God’s “busi-ness” back at the top of our agenda in place of our own “busy-ness.”
Let’s make being about the Father’s “busi-ness” more important than being about our own “busy-ness” – Click to Tweet!
A Prayer of Priority: Heavenly Father, please would You show me through Your Spirit where I am making myself busy with fruitless labors. Grant me the grace to let go of the unnecessary things that clutter up my life, so I can give myself fully to all that You have called me to. Amen.
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