“I’m (we’re) just too busy!” Have those words come out of your mouth lately? Are there times when you wonder if you will get it all done today? Work, appointments, children’s sports, school activities, meetings, deadlines, social events, etc., etc. Will things ever slow down? No, not unless you decide slow things. Sometimes we forget that it is our own choice as to how busy our lives will be. We get so caught up in our “busy lives” that God falls to the waist side and we can’t understand why things are spinning out of control. Someone penned these words, “If you’re too busy to read God’s Word, if you’re too busy to pray, if you’re too busy to hear His voice, you’re too busy today.” It could never be said that Jesus Christ was not a busy man. Raymond Kelcy writes,
No person who is familiar with the Gospel narratives would want to claim that he is living a life that is filled with more business than was the life of our Lord. His life was the busiest life ever lived on this earth. Even while a child he felt an urgency to be about his “Father’s business” (Luke 2:49). Later he said, “I must work the works of Him who sent me while it is day; the night cometh, when no man can work” (John 8:4). Again, he said, “My meat is to do the will of Him who sent me, and to finish His work” (John 4:34). What a constraint He felt! How urgent He felt His task to be! How busy he would have to be! But at the close of His life, he calmly says to His Father, “I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do” (John 17:4). Finally, on the cross, He declared, “It is finished” (John 19:30).
In all this, Jesus still had time for “simple,” yet, important things. He was not too busy to pray (Lk. 9:18). He was not too busy to attend a social event (Jn. 2:1-11). He was not too busy to give attention to the sick (Mt. 15:30). He was not too busy for quiet time (Mk. 1:35; 6:35). He was not too busy to give attention to the individual (Jn. 3:1-12; 4:5-24). He was not too busy to encourage a child (Mt. 19:13-14). He was not too busy to attend services (Lk. 4:16). Finally, he was not too busy to look toward eternity (Jn. 14:2-3). It’s OK to be busy. However, let us strive to be busy doing God’s will as Spring approaches while keeping everything else in its proper place