Surely every man walks about like a shadow; Surely they busy themselves in vain; He heaps up riches, and does not know who will gather them.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.
I made my works great, I built myself houses, and planted myself vineyards... Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done and on the labor in which I had toiled; And indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun.
It's bad to be busy in a bad thing. Bad things come by evil. Its servants are rich, powerful and famous. They are important people in big careers. They are actors, models and talent--out for themselves and the king they serve. They are professional idols seeking material idols in a ruthless world. Of them, Jesus says:
'I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth' (Luke 13:27-28).
A low and terrible place is God's promise to those who embrace high and haughty roles. They believe this little ball called Earth is their ultimate prize. They believe their riches will endure. It isn't and they won't.
'Their inner thought is that their houses will last forever, their dwelling places to all generations; They call their lands after their own names. Nevertheless man, though in honor, does not remain; He is like the beasts that perish... Death shall feed on them' (Psalm 49:11-14).
Because 'Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord' (Proverbs 16:5). God says: 'I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless' (Isaiah 13:11).
As for Earth's idol makers? 'All who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless' (Isaiah 44:9).
As for Earth's idol worshippers? 'He prays to it and says, 'Save me! You are my god!' They know nothing, they understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand' (v.17-18).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: you work in an idol-worshipping nation, so be like Daniel in Babylon: Be 'Ten times better' (Daniel 1:20) than your competitors--and don't condemn the culture you hope to lead.
Be like Paul in Greece: Find common ground: 'For as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: 'To The Unknown God.' Therefore, the One Whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you' (Acts 17:23).
Be like Jesus in Israel: Love the sinners. Deny the hypocrites. Forget the idols. Because their fall is God's business--not yours. Carry your cross--and rise: not with nails, but by grace. From that height, lead--that others might follow. That's your busyness plan.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Busyness Plans series.