Day Five – God’s business or busyness?

Today’s scripture: Genesis 24:33; Luke 2:41-49

Just one more point about the servant’s focus on his master’s business. We need to be careful not to confuse our Father’s “business” with “busyness.”

When I was young in ministry, a church leader cautioned me, “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” At that time, I found my identity in how much work I could accomplish. I was fueled by the accolades and attention from others. One person labeled me a “work legend,” and I wore that title like a shiny badge. As a result, I became more task-oriented than people-oriented. Eventually, my relationship with the Lord began to deteriorate and my devotional life became almost non-existent. I was too busy to be still.

God rescued me after I crashed into the wall of burn-out. It took months for me to recuperate. During my time of healing, the Lord showed me, “If what you are doing doesn’t touch people, then it is of no eternal value.” That truth brought me from an empty life of people-pleasing to a fuller life of people-serving.

Yes, our plates may be full and our calendars filled. But are we fulfilled? Taking time to give God’s assignments a priority always leads to fulfillment. We just need to be sure we don’t tack on our own agenda by assuming responsibilities He never gave us.

  • How full is your life? How fulfilled is your life?
  • What precautions can you take to keep from turning the Father’s “business” into “busyness”? What will you need to release so your life is in balance?