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I Gotta Go!

I Gotta Go!

We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing.  We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it. Psalms 39:6 (NLT)

Have you ever spoken the words, "I gotta go" as you rushed off to something you were late for?  Chances are, if you're like most people, you have.   It starts out when we are kids going off to school, and it continues, as we become adults going to work.  We attempt to cram so much in each day until our days eventually get stretched out longer and longer, and yet we can still find ourselves not getting everything done we had hoped for.  

I was watching a video that someone passed on to me a while back, and it made me stop to think about how busy our whole world seems to be.  This particular video was attempting to make a comedy spoof on what they called, "pre-blessed food."  The concept was most people are so busy, they don't have time to bless their meals.  So the food they purchased had been "pre-blessed" by someone else and was ready to eat.  This video featured a couple giving a testimony of how pre-blessed food helped them out tremendously they said, "We always prayed religiously before eating, but we've been so busy with work and watching TV..."

Now, as silly as this video may sound, it does make a point as to where God can be placed in priority within our busy lives. There are many people who really don't take the time to thank God for their meals, or even to seek Him in a quiet time of prayer for his guidance or to acknowledge Him.   

We see a story in the Bible regarding these types of misplaced priorities.  It is about two sisters named Martha and Mary.  One of them, Martha, was a diligent worker bee, where the other, Mary,  worked also, but understood the value of spending time with Jesus.  We can see this story in the book of Luke.

Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me." And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her." Luke 10:38-42 (NKJV)

We can clearly see from this story, there is a time to work, but there is a time to spend at the feet of Jesus.  God doesn't want what is leftover after everything else has consumed our time and energy.  God wants our best -  our firstfruits.  The enemy doesn't want us giving God our best, he wants us to burn out and become fatigued; knowing we will be of little use if we don't rest and take time to be recharged in the Lord.   This is exactly why we get sick and have issues with our mind and bodies not functioning properly the way God designed them.  Too much busyness brings about anxiety, worry, stress, and fear, and this is not God's will for us.

A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body... Proverbs 14:30 (NLT)

There are many who would say that time is money, and if we desire to live a good life then we must be busy, busy, busy!  And busyness seems to be the way of the world for sure. So, we must decide whether we will apply the saying, When in Rome, do as the Romans do.  Or, we can choose to apply Romans 12:2, which says, do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

We need to know that if we are not taking the time to spend with Jesus, then chances are we are not taking the time for others, or being what we are called to be to them.  We might be putting work ahead of important family time or other relationships as well.  All too often I have seen people take relationships for granted, never realizing they were causing damage to those they loved all in the name of making money or chasing pleasure.

Hey Christian, God has a perfect plan for your life and it includes you getting to know Him, and for you to be rested and ready for service every day.  If you find that you are overwhelmed, stressed out, and overly fatigued, with no signs of change in the near future, then maybe you need to stop what you are doing and spend some time with God right now.  It might not make sense to you, but don't let that stop you from giving Him what is rightfully due Him.  Let's not just be Marthas or worker bees - let's take the time to be a Mary or a worshiper of Jesus.  

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the story about Martha and Mary as recorded in Luke 10?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you find that you can be consumed with working all the time, and not resting at the feet of Jesus?  

APPLICATION: Make a scheduled appointed time each day during various parts of the day to spend time reading your Bible, and praying with God.  

Father, thank You for giving us the story of Martha and Mary to learn from.  Forgive me for those times where I have chosen not to spend time with You and instead I have spent it working or choosing to spend it on other activities.  Help me to see this pattern or temptation when the enemy comes against me with it in the future.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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