Where Priorities Lie: I’m Too Busy
- I’m so busy
- We’ve got so much going on in our family
- I just can’t keep up with everything I’ve got to do
- I’m exhausted
I have to confess, I have been guilty of saying, thinking, as well as feeling all four of these. Have you? Which one do you think perhaps you use the most often?
For me, it is always the – I just can’t keep up with everything I’ve got to do. There always seems to be something that I need to get done that ends up forgotten or put off. Sometimes I have even let myself get so overwhelmed by the tasks I have to do that I literally pause for some r and r so I do not pull my hair out.
These are typical answers we give when asked how we are. Imagine my total surprise as well as dismay when I read Nancy Leigh Demoss put into perspective some things in regards to our day to day priorities.
For instance, did you know that women alone have up to fifty full-time servants? The household appliances as well tools we use every day have made the chores in which we have been doing since the dawn of time more simple. It makes me curious as to how many full-time servants men use in their day to day work hours. Cars, dishwashers, laundry machines, are just a few familiar servants we use each and every day in order to get the things we ‘need’ or ‘have’ to do done. We live in a world surrounded by technology and where technological advances continue to be made. So why is it we are still so hurried and stressed as ever?
Considering how far we have come, I admit, I cringe at the thought of what life may have been like without computers, the internet, plumbing, indoor heating, as well as electricity. If we think we have it bad or are lacking time in which to do it all, I can only imagine how flustered folks may have been back then!
This is going to sound crazy to some of you, but we all are given no more or less time than the other to do what we are made to do. How so? You may wonder. I know I asked as much after reading this. Some of us work more hours than others, some of us have people who require our care, the list of excuses can go on forever.
Yet, when it comes down to it, it is really a matter of equal equation.
- We each have no more than 24 hours in a given day to get things done.
- This gives us 168 hours of efficiency to use in a week.
- We have 52 weeks within a year’s span to get things in order.
Simply put, so long as we draw breath, we have no more or less time than the next person.
33 Life Year, 3 Years Of Work, And A LifeTime Warranty
The perfect example of a life complete lies in that of our Savior. Being no more than 33 years of age, Jesus Christ finished the work of which He had been sent here to do. A majority of that work being done in the final three years he walked this earth, now that is what we call a time crunch!
Do you remember those college years and the hurried pace of your summer classes? Talk about intense right?! Now imagine that kind of dedication being applied year round for three years! A bit frightening right, maybe even intimidating too?
What is even more profound here is that Jesus did not do what the disciplines may have wished him to do. Likewise, Jesus did not do as the multitudes would have possibly hoped him to do. In the short time, Jesus walked among us though, He gave us something through the divine grace of God. Through Jesus, we have the assurance of eternal salvation! This goes beyond any lifetime warranties in which we can pay on this earth for our earthly possession. Our eternal souls have been bought by the blood of Jesus!
What was expected of Jesus?
Jesus of Nazareth was put in some pretty big shoes. Shoes he could and can easily fill if he wanted to. To those who followed Him most closely, and even a number of the multitudes Jesus was seen as what he was, a Savior. However, their idea of a Savior and God’s could not be more different!
Man’s Perfect Savior
Deuteronomy 18:15-19 New International Version (NIV)
15 The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. 16 For this is what you asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, “Let us not hear the voice of the Lord our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die.”
17 The Lord said to me: “What they say is good. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him. 19 I myself will call to account anyone who does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name.
Isaiah 10:33-11:10New International Version (NIV)
33 See, the Lord, the Lord Almighty, will lop off the boughs with great power. The lofty trees will be felled, the tall ones will be brought low. 34 He will cut down the forest thickets with an ax; Lebanon will fall before the Mighty One.
The Branch From Jesse11
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord— 3 and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; 4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. 5 Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.
6 The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling[a] together; and a little child will lead them. 7 The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. 8 The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. 9 They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. 10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious.
God’s Perfect Lamb
- Suffering Servant
- Prince Of Peace
Isaiah 35:5–6 ESV (English Standard Version)
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
6 then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
For waters break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert
Matthew 11:4–6 ESV (English Standard Version)
His Agenda Versus Our Agenda
God’s agenda is different from our agenda. When we become consumed by our own personal desires and living up to others expectations of us, we end up like an empty cup. We are left feeling guilty, unfulfilled, meaningless, as well as frustration as a result of our inability to measure up.
When we live according to God’s purpose we live happier, more peaceful, healthier, and meaningful lives.