American culture values busyness. Your sought after. Needed. in demand. you’ve got better things to do. After all, you are important. Busyness indicates a high social status.
In 2016 Harvard business review did a study on “Why Americans are so impressed with busyness.” According to the research, those who use online grocery shopping and delivery service are perceived as having a higher social status than those of us old-fashioned consumers who just go to the store.
What does Alder say? If you want to be relevant, you’d better get busy…or at least act like it.
In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus warns about busyness after talking about His kingdom and when you will come in all it’s fullness. The Pharisees wanted to know when this would be. Instead of giving an exact time, Jesus warns them to be ready, who stand on guard, and to be alert.
Jesus said people in the days of Noah were “eating, drinking, marrying, and being given in marriage.” each of these verbs is found in an imperfect tense, which denotes action that is in progress. It emphasizes going here and they’re rushing back-and-forth. Busyness.
None of these activities Jesus listed as going on in Noah’s day are simple in and of them selves. Yet, the people of Noah’s day became so occupied with these every day things that they failed to hear Noah’s warning’s about the coming of judgement.And they perished- while being busy.
Is it possible to Jesus is telling us the busyness and cause you to miss out on His kingdom? when we are busy with life, our thoughts can be disengaged from the Lord. Between friends, work, school, and family, we might stop contemplating the kingdom of God. We vow that we’ll think about it again when things slow down. But life keeps us busier.
Sobering, isn’t it?
What’s really imperative is that we keep our focus on the kingdom of God and take Jesus’s plea to follow him seriously. If you’re obsessed with being busy, today is a good day to slow down and make God your priority.
Satan loves to keep us running in circles and trying to beat the clock. If he can distract us, he can minimize our time with God. That’s exactly what he wants.