Thursday, September 19th, 2013
Busyness Plans (Part 2)
I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
1 Corinthians 15:10 (NKJV)
Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?... And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
Luke 2:49,52 (NKJV)
My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.
John 5:17 (NKJV)
Be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
James 1:22 (NKJV)
It's good to be busy in a good thing. All good things come from God. His servants are planters, builders and missionaries; helpers, heroes and healers. They are actors, models and talent for Christ. They perform for the King, search for the lost and fight for the finale--all to hear these Words at the end of Earth's prequel:
'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things. I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord' (Matthew 25:23).
To get to that high and mighty Place, we must remember our low and humble role. Jesus played it first. The Ultimate Action Hero was a Servant. In submission to God and man, He saved us from death--in the most dramatic rescue the world will ever know. But He also made a casting call:
'Behold, I say to you, 'Lift up your eyes and look at the fields. They are already white for harvest' ' (John 4:35):
'Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations' (Matthew 28:19). 'Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature' (Mark 16:15). 'You are witnesses of these things' (Luke 24:48). 'As the Father has sent Me, I also send you' (John 20:21).
Staying put in our pews is not the occupation Jesus had in Mind. At best, it is a pre-occupation (as in getting prepared for the path ahead). Because if Jesus occupies us, we must be about our Father's business.
Cultural Christians and complacent Christians are baby Christians at best and pretenders at worst. To be a mature believer, you must follow Christ. 'Break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord' (Hosea 10:12).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Busyness Plans series.