"How are you doing?"
"Good! Busy, but good."
Have you had a conversation with someone this week that went something like that? I sure have. I do every week. In fact, now that I think of it, I have never asked someone how they are doing with them replying, "Good! I'm not busy at all!" Let's face it: we live in a busy world made up of busy people with busy lives. Everyday we have lists filled with 'things to do' for the day. We have bills to pay, kids to raise, events to attend, friends to see, and on and on we could go. Our anxieties weigh us down, our minds are always in drive, and we feel as though we are often in a rush.
All of this should lead us to ask ourselves a question: Am I too busy for Jesus?
Finding Rest In A Restless World
Jesus said in Matthew 11:28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Rest. Not another notch on your to-do list. Jesus pleads not to be on your daily to-do list, he pleads for you to come to Him and find true rest. The problem with many of us is not that Jesus is too busy to minister to us in the midst of our busyness, but that we are too busy to allow Him to give us rest. What does this look like? How can you know if you are too busy for Jesus? There are three characteristics.
1. You Don't Listen To Him
B.B. Warfield is famous for saying, "If you want to hear God's voice read your Bible outloud." The Bible is God's Word, God's voice, to you. Are you listening to His voice? Are you sitting expectantly before His Word each day to hear what He has to say to your weary soul? Or are you rushing through His Word, refusing to listen because you have 'so much to do' for the day?
How many times have you talked about Jesus to others, but have failed to talk to Jesus about others?
2. You Don't Speak To Him
Prayer is the oxygen of the Christian life. It is the truest expression of Biblical spirituality. It is that which flows from a relationship with God. Yet many of us, if we are honest, don't do it. Why? Because we are too busy for Jesus. How many times have you talked about Jesus to others, but have failed to talk to Jesus about others? Did you go through your day with a constant realization that Christ is with you? Or did you go through your day focused on the next thing to do and get done?
Are you rushing through His Word, refusing to listen because you have 'so much to do' for the day?
3. You Don't Rely On Him
It is easy to try and live the Christian life in the flesh. Much of America's Christianity can be described as people striving to serve God. Yet Biblical Christianity is God coming down to man, loving and serving him first, so that people might be enabled to serve Him. One is self-centered, the other theocentric. And the reason self-centered, self-enabled Christianity is so much easier is because there is no one you need to depend on to do it. You can do X, Y, and Z for Jesus all in your own power. How many times have you done ministry this week in your own power? How many times have you failed to recognize you are utterly dependent upon God to enable you and empower you to do ministry and live the Christian life?
Matthew 11:28 forces us to stop and evaluate if we are too busy for Jesus and if we are really resting in Him. The glory of this verse and of the entire Gospel is that if we would repent and turn from our busyness to Christ, He will not reject us. He will instead, with open arms, take us in and give us rest. Will you accept the call? Will you surrender your busyness for Jesus?
I am a Husband to Clarissa, Lead Pastor Resident at College Park Church in Indianapolis, 'Tweeter' at @brad_merchant, and avid reader of books.