Are You too Busy For Christ? Practical Steps in Redeeming Lost Time

   

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Traffic jammed, our lives are filled and busy. We rarely stop. We are constantly on the move. And most leave little to no time in their cluttered, drive-thru, fast food-spiritual lives. Very few read the scripture regularly or even carve out some time in their busy schedules to pray and have communion with our savior. And while the most healthy thing would be for people to get out of bed an hour earlier than when they otherwise would and spend some time communing with God and centering their lives on Him, many have adopted a tweeting, texting style of prayer. When five or ten seconds are free, a prayer is shot out but rarely thought about again. There is no communing. There is no conversation. There is no relationship.

And oddly in a time when protestant evangelical Christians say, “it’s all about a relationship with Jesus,” no real marks of relationship can be found in the day-to-day.

Why is there a different standard of intimacy for human relationships compared to the intimacy one should have with God?

Just think of all the characteristics that make a strong and healthy human relationship, whether it be friendships or marriages.

Communication and time spent invested in each other is often the key to a strong and healthy relationship.

Perhaps you’re like me and are constantly on the go—school, work, church, and family time. It is easy to get bogged down in being busy. But God wants a strong, emotional, and intimate relationship.

Being busy, even busy working for the church, is not what He wants.

All righteous living and hard work for the kingdom is meaningless compared to a loving, intimate relationship with Him. Christ even condemned the Church of Ephesus for being more devoted to the work of Christ than to a loving relationship with Him.

“I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate evil. You have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and you have found them to be liars. You also possess endurance and have tolerated [many things] because of My name and have not grown weary. But I have this against you: You have abandoned the love [you had] at first. Remember then how far you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place-unless you repent.” Revelation 2:2-5

Repent?

Turn away from being devoted to hard work and labor for Christ?

Christ wants our hearts and our time first, long before He wants our work and physical devotion for the Kingdom.

And while frustrating for those constantly on the go, there are some very practical steps that one can take to redeem what would normally be lost and meaningless time.

Sitting in traffic, for example.

I have a commute to school that is an hour both ways. Too often I listen to loud music, stay informed on all things political with talk radio, and catch-up on phone-calls with friends and family (I know, here in California being on the phone while driving is against the law).

But why not spend that time praying? Why not spend that time crying out to God for my city, ministry, family, and friends? Why not spend that time listening to the scripture—there are tons of audio Bibles out there. Why not memorize scripture?

I suspect that no matter how little or how much more busy one is, there are always other things to which we devote ourselves and our time instead of to Christ.

I won’t get out of bed earlier because frankly I love sleep more than I love Christ.

I won’t pray and communion with God in the car because I would much rather drowned out his voice with music that energizes and excites me.

I need a change of heart.

We need a change of heart.

And as Christ told the Church of Ephesus so long ago, we need to repent from being busy and start communing with Christ.

What are some other ways we can redeem lost time?


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  • Andy Scott

    Excellent post Jon!

  • Jonathandkeck

    Thanks Andy, Glad you enjoyed it.

  • Eric

    I'm all about using my commute time efficiently. I spend a good amount of time on the road every day, so I decided about a year ago that I would use that time to learn about various things. There are a LOT of good resources out there for this. Like you already said, there are many audio Bible's to listen to. There are also great sermon's that can be downloaded from iTunes, great seminary courses in the iTunes U section, and some great audiobooks as well.

    I have come to really enjoy my time in the car now. It is a great time to learn more about God and spend time in prayer with him. I'm honestly not sure what I would do without this time now.

  • Jonathandkeck

    Thanks Eric. So true. There is tons of time on the road. And let\’s be honest, most—Christians or not—have road rage in traffic. Why not focus on Christ and the possitives? As always, thanks for reading.

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