We are truly a people who love to be busy. While many figured advancements in technology would give us more free time, we are busier today than at any other point in history. But why? Shouldn’t we have less to do with all our extra technological help? I think one of the biggest reasons we are so busy is because we all tend to fall for the busyness trap. We believe the lie that says the busier you are, the more you pack your schedule, the more valuable you will be. We see only the extremes of busy or lazy and thus do our best to avoid laziness at all costs.
Sadly, in our desire to live a valuable life, we miss what is truly valuable. In Luke 10:38-42, we see Jesus’ interaction with a pair of sisters:
“Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
I totally identify with Martha in this story. I want to be busy doing things for the Lord. I want to busy my life with things that bring Him glory. And sometimes I look around at those who aren’t joining in my busyness and get frustrated. I ask the Lord to stir their hearts to help me busily serve Him.
Now I am not saying that using your free time to serve the Lord instead of resting is wrong, (I have found that some people take this verse out of context and have a bad theology of what rest really is). But I am asking us all to reconsider if, in our desire to serve the Lord, we are missing what the Lord truly desires of us.
Getting back to Martha and Mary, notice that Jesus commends Mary for what she is doing. Doesn’t that seem strange to our modern, non-stop working minds? But I think Jesus is showing these sisters and us today what is most important in God’s Kingdom. Serving God is important. But knowing, depending on, resting in and experiencing God is of supreme value And this is what makes the busyness trap so dangerous. In my desire to do good things to serve the Lord, I may inadvertently miss out on what my true calling in life really is.
My hope and prayer is that we would all serve the Lord with a passion and fervor that draws those around us to Him (Matthew 5:16). But also, that we would not get so busy that we neglect to rest in, depend on, experience and know the Lord Jesus Christ. May we all carve out time in our busy schedules this week just to rest at His feet and listen to Him.