Football, baseball, soccer, Facebook, Candy Crush, shopping, work, family time, sleep, friends, cars, motorcycles, gardening, eating, cooking, home repairs, cutting grass, shoveling snow…..
With all these things in life where is there room for God? With more advancements in technology, entertainment and the comforts of home, we have secluded ourselves from the outside world. We stay home and are entertained with the television, playing games, and watching YouTube videos in the heated and cooled environment of our homes and rarely take the time to socialize and befriend our neighbors, besides the casual “hello. How are you?” greeting.
I greatly fear that this society norm is making its way through the Lord’s church. There seems to be a decreased desire to spend additional time fellowshipping with other Christians and studying God’s word together. I recently conducted a survey concerning Sunday Evening services. The majority of those who replied, expressed that they did not regularly attend evening services because they were too busy or too tired.
We all spend too much time worrying and working towards things we cannot change and not enough time seeking after the Kingdom of God (Mt. 6:25-34). Paul’s states that Bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things (1 Tim 4:8). It serves as a reminder for us to be more focused on the spiritual than the physical.
What (or who) has made us so busy that we have little time left of our day and week to spend in worship and study to God? – Satan! When we are too busy and exhausted to serve and worship God, Satan has won. Let us never be too busy to serve God.
If it is the case that we are involved in multitudes of activities and find ourselves with little time, serve God in what you are doing. Matthew records Jesus’ statement, “Go therefore” (Mt. 28:19) and the idea of the wording is “Having gone” – While you are doing whatever it is that you need to do throughout your day, serve God in addition. Utilize Facebook as an evangelistic tool. When you have a family gathering talk about scripture. When you are at the soccer fields watching your child compete tell your story of salvation. Talk to the waitress about your faith, leave them contact information about the church along with your tip. There are ample opportunities for us to serve His Kingdom through are busy schedules and bring glory to God. (1 Pt. 4:11)
~ David S. Deagel