While driving recently, I saw a bumper sticker with the words "Look
Busy." I started laughing. Who in this day and age needs to look busy?
We are all busier then we want to be. Life is at a seemingly insane pace.
There is always more to do then we can ever hope to accomplish. It's no wonder
that "to do" lists aren't really much help any longer. They often serve to frustrate
us as we look at the list, look at the clock, and then realize it won't all fit.
It is then that we need to consider what is most necessary versus what is just
nice. There never is time to do it all, so we set priorities in our lives.
But, there was a second line on that bumper sticker. The whole
message was "Look Busy, Jesus is coming". Are there people who
really think that it will make a difference to Jesus if they look
busy? Jesus said He had to be about the fathers business (Luke
2:49 KJV). That sounds like accomplishing things instead of looking
busy. We also are instructed to work while it is still light for
the night comes when no one can work (John 9:4).
When I raked leaves this fall, I can tell you
I didn't try to look busy. I worked hard keeping an eye on the dimming light as
the day progressed toward night. You have to get serious when you know the time
is limited knowing that a lot of effort will be blown about if you don't entirely
complete the task in a certain time frame. Some of us are so busy. We try and
manipulate our available time by turning on the floodlights to extend the day.
However, there is coming a night that we can't artificially light. There
are two questions that we should ask ourselves before then.
1. Are we personally
ready for the return of Jesus? Have we prepared? Have we opened or lives and hearts
to him and recognized that His "being about the Father's business" was for Him
to die on the cross for our sins? And once we recognize that, have we acknowledged
that He has done for us what we could never do for ourselves? Have we accepted
Him as our Savior or have we been too busy with lower priority things on our list.
If this is you, what are you waiting for? I tell you, now is the time of
God's favor, now is the day of salvation (II Corinthians 6:1). There is no better
time than now. There is no guarantee that you will have another chance or even
more time later. Do it now.
2. What are we doing to get this information
to our friends, family, co-workers, acquaintances, and even strangers? If we are
really living a life of loving our neighbor as ourselves, then we will want to
be sure that they are also prepared. This isn't just being busy with church programs.
We need to look for fruit from our work.
Yes, Jesus is coming soon. Let's
be busy, going into all our areas of influence, sharing what Jesus has done.
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