Busyness—it’s a main scheme the enemy uses to keep us from our quiet times and from becoming one with our King.
Think about it. How often have you been tempted to skip a quiet time because you couldn’t fit it into your busy day?
And it’s such a sneaky scheme, isn’t it? Don’t you feel important—even right or righteous—when you’re busy doing good things for the King?
“Mary… sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to Him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t You care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’
“‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’” Luke 10:41-42 (NIV)
Martha wasn’t totally off. After all, serving God is a main theme in the Bible. Colossians 3:23. But Jesus calls us to more than just hard work that leaves us exhausted. He calls us to oneness with Him. To not just serve Him like a slave, but to know Him intimately as a wife knows her husband. Hosea 2:16. To love Him with all our hearts. Matthew 22:37. And that takes spending time with Him, listening to His voice.
So, how do we realign our schedules with His so busyness doesn’t overtake our relationship with Christ?
Have a quiet time. Matthew 6:33. You must make it a priority to sit at His feet every day or everything you’re doing for your King will miss the key ingredient—Him.
Burnout happens when we’re doing more than God has asked us to, or we’re doing it in our own strength.
But Jesus only did what His Father was doing. John 5:19. And so can we, if we regularly lay our schedules before the Lord, asking Him,
- “What are Your priorities for my life and work this season?”
- “What am I doing that You haven’t asked me to do?”
- “What am I not doing that You’ve asked me to do?”
- “What am I doing in my own strength, rather than in Yours?”
- “What am I wasting my time on? And what do You want me to change in that activity to make it Yours?”
- “Which tasks do You want me to invite others to help me with, or even to do instead of me? And whom do You want me to ask?”
- “How do You want me to mentor others and train them up to also surrender to You and do only what You’re doing?”
“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10 (NIV)
“This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel says, ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none ofit.’” Isaiah 30:15 (NIV)
“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted.” Psalm 46:10a (ASV)