Busy-ness without purpose is fruitless activity that makes us think something of value is getting accomplished. Here’s the thing…we have to do something of value for something of value to happen– even when we don’t feel like it.
Serving God is not about making ourselves feel good. Servitude is about putting our wants on the back burner for the benefit of people who are hurting. It is a hard, but rewarding, labor of love. Serving God is not about getting recognition or pats on the back. It is about heeding that quiet voice that tells you to do something you don’t feel like doing—in spite of opposition. Christ Himself warned us that if we live to serve Him, we will be criticized, persecuted, misunderstood, misjudged, and labeled religious nuts. That is the way of the world. Opinions abound and there will always be someone who is displeased by what we do—no matter how noble it may be. I fear displeasing God more than I fear the opinions of man. Time is quickly ticking away and busyness for busyness sake is a waste of life.
Christianity is a lot like signing up for the military; once we’ve signed up we’re in for the duration with a Commander and Chief in charge. A plan of action is implemented and people are given charge over whatever they are most skilled to do.
Truthfully this is pretty much where the similarity ends. When soldiers are given an assignment they do as they are told without any questions asked. The problem with most of us Christians is that we ask God to show us our purpose in life, expecting to receive detailed steps before taking action or we take quick action on the wrong things. We’ve got to stop making excuses and putting things off. We’ve got to stop going thorough the motions of getting something accomplished; staying busy with a hundred little things instead of putting our efforts on one essential thing.
Some of us are convinced that we must beg God to give us what we want because we’ve read in the bible that we must ask without ceasing. Our prayers often end up being desperate attempts to persuade Him into seeing things our way. So we focus on our personal desires instead of totally submitting to whatever God knows is best, pleading for what we think is best.
Unfortunately, when we pray without seeking God’s will, we may be asking for something that we are unprepared for. It may be that what we want is really not the best thing for us at the time. But, if we keep asking, we may get more than we’ve bargained for. When we persist in asking, there are times that God allows us to have what was not in the grand plan for us. Kings 20-21 tells us that King Hezekiah was ill and was told that he was going to die. Hezekiah pleaded with God for his life over and over and over again, until God answered his plea for healing and added fifteen years to his life. It is interesting to read how those added years affected the king, his family and his nation.
God wants us to develop an attitude of complete dependence so that our destiny on earth is fulfilled in the best possible way. Submission is easy when we fully believe that God desires to give us what is best because he has our individual welfare and happiness in mind at all times.
Christ gives us a perfect picture of submission as He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus prayed… “Abba, Father, everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” Christ knew that no matter how bad a situation appears to be even the worst situations yield good when God is given complete control. Christ’s complete submission to the will of His father made salvation possible for everyone and restored our relationship with God. He gave up his humanity for an eternity at the right hand of God. That is a pretty good trade-off. Obedience to God is always rewarded.
Your existence here is not a random act of chance; you were designed for a particular purpose and were given the tools to accomplish your task. Your job is to discover your talents/skills and then decide where they can best be used.
Find the one thing that you love to do. Focus your efforts on doing this one thing with excellence.
Now… that is time well spent.