I read this arti­cle today and was amazed at the cor­re­la­tions to our lives as Chris­tians. If last week’s ser­mon on “RUN” hit home in your heart, take a minute and read what CJ has to say about our busi­ness. Let’s all make an effort to strip away our weights and sin and start focus­ing on lov­ing Jesus!

Are You Busy?
by C.J. Mahaney
11/12/2008 10:27:00 AM

Lazy? Not me. I’m busy. Up early, up late. My sched­ule is filled from begin­ning to end. I love what I do and I love get­ting stuff done. I attack a daily to-do list with the same inten­sity I play bas­ket­ball. Me lazy? I don’t think so!

Or at least I didn’t think so. That is, until I read about the dif­fer­ence between busy­ness and fruit­ful­ness, and real­ized just how often my busy­ness was an expres­sion of lazi­ness, not diligence.

I for­get now who first brought these points to my atten­tion. But the real­iza­tion that I could be simul­ta­ne­ously busy and lazy, that I could be a hec­tic slug­gard, that my busy­ness was no immu­nity from lazi­ness, became a life-altering and work-altering insight. What I learned is that:

  • Busy­ness does not mean I am dili­gent
  • Busy­ness does not mean I am faith­ful
  • Busy­ness does not mean I am fruit­ful

Rec­og­niz­ing the sin of pro­cras­ti­na­tion, and broad­en­ing the def­i­n­i­tion to include busy­ness, has made a sig­nif­i­cant alter­ation in my life. The slug­gard can be busy–busy neglect­ing the most impor­tant work, and busy knock­ing out a to-do list filled with tasks of sec­ondary importance.

When con­sid­er­ing our sched­ules, we have end­less options. But there are a few clear pri­or­i­ties and projects, derived from my God-assigned roles, that should occupy the major­ity of my time dur­ing a given week. And there are a thou­sand tasks of sec­ondary impor­tance that tempt us to devote a dis­pro­por­tion­ate amount of time to com­plet­ing an end­less to-do list. And if we are lazy, we will neglect the impor­tant for the urgent.

Our Sav­ior under­stood pri­or­i­ties. Although his pub­lic min­istry was shorter than one pres­i­den­tial term, within that time he com­pleted all the works give to him by the Father.

The Father evi­dently called him to heal a lim­ited num­ber of peo­ple from dis­ease, raise a lim­ited num­ber of bod­ies from the dead, and preach a lim­ited num­ber of ser­mons. As Jesus stared into the cup of God’s wrath, he looked back on his life work as com­plete because he under­stood the call­ing of the Father. He was not called to heal every­one, raise every­one, preach copi­ous ser­mons, or write vol­umes of books.

While we must always be extra care­ful when com­par­ing our respon­si­bil­i­ties with Christ’s mes­sianic pri­or­i­ties, in the incar­na­tion he entered into the lim­i­ta­tions of human life on this earth.

So join me over the next few days as we dis­cover the root and nature of lazi­ness, so that we might devote our­selves to bib­li­cal pri­or­i­ties and join our Sav­ior in one day pray­ing to the Father, “I glo­ri­fied you on earth, hav­ing accom­plished the work that you gave me to do” ().


  1. 10.09 — The Big Help 2009
  2. Prep Talk
  3. Am I judg­men­tal? by beth
  4. The Big Help 2007
  5. The Big Help 2008

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