Tuesday, September 09, 2008

On Being Busy, Questioning Jesus, and Telling Him What to Do!

I'm too busy! A lot of people are TOO busy! It causes us stress, worry, frustration, high blood pressure, and generally robs us of joy. It is not a new problem, however. Look at this Jell-O commercial from the 50's! Notice the advanced graphics!

An a more serious note, neglecting my own Sabbath is one of my worst sins, and I pay for it. We all pay for our lifestyles that are crammed with too much stuff. Again, it is not a new problem, and neither is the solution. When Jesus came to visit his friends, Mary and Martha in Bethany (Luke 10:38-41), Martha was busy doing good things in the kitchen. She was a good person, who loved her Savior, and wanted to do good things for Him.

Her busyness gave her a platform from which she judged her sister Mary, who was not helping in the kitchen, but was at the feet of Jesus listening to Him; learning from Him. How do you know when you're too busy? Maybe one telling warning sign is when you tell Jesus what to do like Martha did! She was so frustrated she said to the Savior in v. 40, ""Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"

Ouch! Not only did Martha tell Jesus to tell Mary to get moving, she also questioned whether or not He cared about her! There in one verse, someone is so busy, so distracted that she questioned Jesus' love for her, and gave Him an order!

Maybe you are doing a lot of good things! Maybe you are using "instant" things as your busy-day desserts or meals or whatever. But when you start questioning God's care for you and start issuing orders to Him, it might be time to pull out that box of instant pudding so you can have more time to...sit and listen and learn and love our Savior. The last time I looked, there wasn't an instant version of that.

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