August 13: Too Busy to Achieve Much

By Bassey Ekong

Many of us Christians are trying to Do Everything to be accomplished in life. Proverbs 23:4 states, “Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist.” Is your busyness keeping you from living a balanced life? Some people aren’t specific about their focus in life because they are trying to do too much. Their problem is not that they are hesitant about getting started, but that they’re running around attempting too many things. Even though they are constantly constructing something, they are actually building nothing at all because most people make the mistake of believing that the main goal in life is to stay busy. If your life is described by the above statement, you could be living the “Martha” syndrome, see Luke 10:38-42.

This way of thinking is a trap. Staying busy doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re heading toward a specific destination. I have learned this very important truth that has set me free from both indecision and ineffective busyness: I was not born, or created to do everything. This statement might be a good thing to put at the top of your office or household calendar. Remember! Jesus says, in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all who labor and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Verse 29-30 entreats us to be like Him, gentle and lowly in heart and you’ll find rest for your soul. His yoke is easy and His burden, light. What a great way to live a happy and fulfilled life?

When we aim at everything, we usually hit nothing. Yet many of us are breaking our necks trying to hit everything in sight. “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will help. (Psalm 37:5)

Let me assure you: You were not born to meet all the needs on earth. All the needs you see in your nation cannot be met by you as an individual. All the troubles you see or witness in your community cannot be solved by you. Therefore, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” (Romans 12:2).

God created you for a purpose, and that purpose should be your focus. It will keep you centered on what is most important for you to be involved in. Press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (see Philippians 3:13-14). Note: You were not born to meet all the needs on earth. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.” (Matthew 6: 33).

Let’s pray: Father, thank you for knowledge and understanding of my responsibilities through Your holy Word. Thank You Lord, that I’m not required to meet all the needs on earth! May Your Word continue to show me the needs that I can meet and the purpose that You have created me for and to walk in. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Today’s reading: Psalm 87-88; Romans 13

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