ARE YOU BUSY?
I’ll tell you probably the one thing I hate the most as a dog, is having to be on some sort of restraint much of the time. I go outside, and I am either on a leash or on my running chain, both of which seem to hold me back, you know what I mean? I mean, c’mon! I want to be free! I want to do what I want, go where I want, and answer no no one!
Unfortunately there is much truth to this for the Christian as well!
The Bible is VERY clear in that every human being will serve one of two masters, and only one of two, and will be under that masters yoke. But before we look at these two yokes, let me ask you a eye opening question and be honest with yourself. Are you busy?
Being busy in the right way and capacity can be a good thing and lead to a productive and happy life. However, it is one that also needs to be watched closely; with discernment, concern, and especially wisdom through God’s Word! Why? Because we can also become busy with the wrong things, motives, and tendencies.
Now I want to offer this disclaimer here, this is probably more so for me than it is you, but again, only you can decide for you, but be honest with yourself and with God.
Now days in many families both parents work, some 60+ hours a week, maybe even both. Then there is sports, all of this entertainment on TV, summer camp, sports camp, run here run there, juggling schedules, and them come Sunday, too tired to go to church because we are run down. We are worn out because of all of the chasing of the world instead very frequent periods of rest in God’s Word and prayer. And when when are priorities are not correct, bad things tend to happen. But this acronym really says it all!!
B.U.S.Y – Burdened (some others say Busy) Under Satan’s Yoke!
Is that really where we need to be Christian, under such a burdensome yoke?
Even Jesus Himself was tempted as such and under the great burden of no food or water for 40 days while in the wilderness and Satan tries to tempt Him and give up His Kingdom.
Matthew 4:8-10: –
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,
“‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’”
So here Jesus gives us the great example of who and what we should be following. We should also see, Satan tempted Jesus with the whole world (which was foolish on Satan’s part for it was all Jesus’ already anyway), isn’t that what He still tries to do today. Here are some examples of what to look for to determine what Satan is not only tempting us with, but probably already controlling us with!
1) Keep the Christian busy with non-essentials
2) Tempt them to overspend and go into debt
3) Make them work long hours to maintain empty lifestyles
4) Discourage them from spending family time together
5) Overstimulate their minds with Television and computers so they cannot hear God speaking to them.
6) Make sure married couples are too exhausted for physical intimacy, so they will be tempted to look beyond their marriage for fulfillment elsewhere.
7) Make holidays features like Christmas (santa), Easter (bunny) , Halloween (yuck!) the focus for bringing people into the church and focus more on that than the real reason, Christ!
8) Keep glamour models on the covers of magazines and other advertisements so they stay focused on outward appearances. That way they will be dissatisfied with themselves and/or their mates.
In turn, these and MANY other sins that beset even the best of Christians, need to not only be watched for, but prayed against as well, and I believe that is why many Christians are nominal at best these days, because they are burdened by the enemy and the things of this world instead of the blessings under the yoke of Christ, God’s Word and direction, and a Holy Spirit filled life.
In closing today’s devotional, look at these 12 things that make up one entire problem, and that sadly is the utter DESTRUCTION of a Christian.
- Defiled him/her to disqualify him/her to Worship (walk) with God. By doing so, they will quench, and even grieve the Holy Spirit.
- Deceive their thinking.
- Disinterest the Christian in Spiritual things and matters.
- Divert the Christian (his/her) direction in holy living.
- Dullen (his/her) heart and mind towards the things of the Gospel of Christ
- Dilute the Christian (his/her sharpness and passion) towards God and His Word.
- Destroy the Christian his/her effectiveness for the Gospel of Christ
- Detain (make a prisoner of) the Christian (with unequal yoking to a non-Christian, job, etc.) thereby giving up his/her freedom in Christ.
- Depress or discourage the Christian – Rob him/her of their joy in Christ.
- Make the Christian doubt – Plant seeds of doubt and dismay in their minds and hearts, thereby crushing their faith
- Make the Christian disobey the Lord. Without following Christ they will follow their way which is the wide road that leads to destruction
- Destroy the Christian – Suicide, self-harm, harming others, imprisonment