By: Tim Sader
Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be. (Psalm 39:6)
Last week we talked about being backsliders and learned we all have the potential to move backwards in our faith. If we are nearer to God now than we were yesterday we are moving forward just like we should be. One reason people backslide is because we are too busy doing so many other things that we don’t have time for God. Usually we are not doing things that seem so wrong, we just live our lives and our faith is put on the back burner. In a discipleship training course at Ashley Ridge Church in Summerville, SC we were doing a study from a book called, The Life You Always Wanted. In that book author John Ortberg tells us that his mentor told him that hurry is the biggest enemy of spiritual growth. Reading the bible, praying, going to church, serving and loving others takes time. When we get too busy with any number of tasks we don’t have time to spend with the Lord. If we do not intentionally make time to settle down and get with the Lord we will be carried away from Him before we realize what happened. In the early 1990’s I remember the band Alabama had a song called, I’m In A Hurry (And Don’t Know Why). I was in middle school and I loved this song; I heard this song with my friend David on the radio 50 or so times in one summer. The chorus lyrics are; I’m in a hurry to get things done, Oh I rush and rush until life’s no fun, All I really gotta do is live and die, But I’m in a hurry and don’t know why. At thirteen my life was hurried enough already that this song had a deep meaning to me. Mom and dad went early to work, my help came and I hurried to make the bus, at school we hurried from class to class, we hurried to have dinner and do homework so we could watch TV before bed. We rushed about in vain to possibly save a few minutes in our day.
The world is in a hurry to do everything and to do it all faster. We cannot live this way, rushing to do what is evil and to shed innocent blood (Proverbs 1:15-16). I don’t so much think of the obvios evils when I ponder this; I think that the rushing itself helps bring us make evil choices. Doing what is right can also be a distraction if it is not what God has planned for us. When Jesus visits Martha and Mary, Martha does nothing wrong but instead of being rushed by customs all Jesus expected was for her to sit and hang out with Him like her sister Mary (Luke 10:38-42). This is not to place more restrictions on us but so we will do whatever will help us serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible (1 Corinthians 7:35). If the enemy spiritual growth is hurry then the enemy of hurry is the word “No” and as Christians we don’t know how to say it enough. We do not have to be guilted to serve on five church commities, help all our friends always and volunteer with three charities while working, raising kids and having a wife. The grace of God teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives (Titus 2:11-12). Sometimes saying no to things is the will of God so we can manage life and what He already called us to do. We do not have to worry about what people might think; our yes should be yes and our no mean no anything else is from the evil one (Matthew 5:37). In home group on Sunday we are studying Discovering God’s Will by Andy Stanley. In part seven we learn that while Nehemiah is rebuilding the wall Sanballat sends a message to meet up with him. Four times Nehemiah responds, “I am doing a great work, and I cannot come down (Nehemiah 6:3).” He says no, I am doing the will of God and I will not be made too busy so it isn’t completed. We must free ourselves from being too busy and learn to make time for God so we can know His will for our lives and do it without rushing to do everything that keeps us from Him.
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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16