Josh Cousineau is a church planter at Redemption Hill in Auburn, Maine, coordinator of the Lead Conference, and a former youth minister. This piece is reposted with permission from www.joshcousineau.com.
At the root of all this busyness is something more then simply cultural lingo: There is a heart issue. In Tim Chester’s book, A Meal with Jesus, he talks about how meals are enacting the mission of Jesus. When we eat with people we are able to share the gospel with them in a deeper way than simply handing them a tract, or knocking on their door and telling them about Jesus. Yet one of the excuses we often make for not living on mission is (yeah, you guessed it) busyness! Chester offers this helpful examination:
Above all examine your heart. God did not make a mistake when he spun the world into being, making twenty-four-hour days instead of twenty-five-hour ones. He expects you to serve him and glorify him in those twenty-four hours. But he doesn’t expect you to do twenty-five hours’ work in a day. The person responsible for your busyness is you. We’re too busy because we’re trying to do more than God expects.
- You may be too busy because you’re insecure and need to control life. But God is great and cares for you as a sovereign heavenly Father.
- You may be too busy because you fear other people, and so you can’t say no. But God is glorious, and his opinion is the one that matters.
- You may be too busy because you’re filling your life with activity in a desperate attempt to find satisfaction. But God is good, and the true source of joy.
- You may be too busy because you’re trying to prove yourself through your work or ministry. But God is gracious and justifies you freely through Christ’s finished work.
You’ll never create time for people until you address the issues in your heart and find rest in God’s greatness, glory, goodness and grace.