Thursday, April 01, 2010

Why Are We So Busy?

This is a re-edited and condensed version of my original article on SabbathWalk, "Too Busy With Our Own House."

Why Are We So Busy?

""You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?" declares the LORD Almighty. "Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house." (Haggai 1:9)

I wonder if Jesus will ever say that He is busy. Looking at his packed 3-year schedule, he touched lives, spoke words of wisdom and performed many signs to point people to God. What about our modern Church? I suspect that the reason why we are so busy, is because we have a sense of mixed up priorities in life. For those of us with multiple schedules, we juggle to meet the expectations of different people we work with. For those of us with less busy schedule, we tend to try to wait out 'for a better alternative.' Both of these situations reflect where our priorities are. Whatever it is, it is unlikely yo be the Church. The former tries to do as many things within a small span of time. The latter procrastinates. Worse, our state of busyness may reflect a messed up sense of priorities.

For Haggai, his call to the Israelites is clear. He calls them to 'give careful thought to their ways.' He calls them not to neglect the temple of God that needs to be rebuild. He calls them to action, especially when the house of God is in ruins.

Let us attend to the house of God. If the House of God is not in order, there is no joy if we have nice homes and comfortable roofs. If the community suffers, it does not benefit the individual house occupants. If the Church of God does not grow in quality and quantity, we will all suffer sooner or later.

Let us be mindful of our priorities. As we try to make our own houses nice and comfortable, do not neglect the Church of God. Do not forget that Church is not a building made of stones, but a community of believers encouraging and growing one another in Jesus.

Thought: "If we are too busy to help our brother or sister grow in the Lord, we're probably not busy. We're indifferent."


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