Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
Busyness Plans (Part 1)
Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served... or the gods... in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Joshua 24:15 (NKJV)
For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, you are God's building.
1 Corinthians 3:9 (NKJV)
We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
2 Corinthians 6:1 (NKJV)
Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your Name, cast out demons in Your Name, and done many wonders in Your Name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'
Matthew 7:21-23 (NKJV)
I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.
Luke 13:27 (NKJV)
Busyness can be good or bad, depending on who's directing your action.
This devotion is not written for atheists, agnostics or Scientologists, nor for servants of any other faith. It's written for Christians who profess to work for Jesus. Here's the first question: Is He your Boss? Is He truly the Chief Executive Officer of your life?
Consider this workplace scenario: You've got a good job, and you like your immediate supervisor. He treats you well and gives you perks, but you discover he's on the take. You think, 'Maybe it's not enough to hurt anyone. He seems to work hard and get results. He probably deserves it.' Do you report him--or let it ride?
But if you cover up his corruption, you've ignored your company's leader and become the servant of the sinner. 'You are that one's slaves whom you obey' (Romans 6:16). 'For by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage' (2 Peter 2:19).
So who's your big boss? Is it God's Word, a.k.a. Jesus Christ, or is it man's take on God's Word? Because some church leaders are on the take. With subtlety, smiles and a fellowship of agreement, the Word of God is cut and pasted--out of His context and into their own. Consider one example:
'The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly' (John 10:10). But who defines this abundant life? Is it Jesus or someone else?
Because in the context of this Quote, our Big Boss is a Shepherd and we are His sheep. I've never known sheep to be wealthy accumulators. Perhaps the abundance Jesus promises is vastly more important: like green pastures, still waters and overflowing refreshment; like a lifetime of goodness and mercy, like living with God.*
My Boss holds a rod and a staff--not a watch and a wink. Let's double-check exactly who or what it is we follow, 'That we may become fellow workers for The Truth' (3 John 1:8).
To Be Continued...
* Psalm 23: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2023&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Busyness Plans series.