Are You Busy About the Right Things?

I was lying in bed one Saturday morning mentally planning for the upcoming week. I had Bible study (a small group of which I facilitate), Son Kids (the Sunday PM Bible class my husband & I lead), American Heritage Girls (a unit of which I co-lead), a dentist appointment, as well as the typical housekeeping duties, meal planning, homeschool lessons, and freelance work, and I felt like I was going to have a panic attack.

Anxious thoughts filled my swirling head:

“Should I be doing ALL this?”

“How can I possibly get all this stuff done and do it well?”

“I should just quit.”

Satan was worming his way into my brain, making me doubt what I knew God had called me to this year. 

Sure I’m busy. You’re busy, too. Satan would like us to think we’re too busy and deserve a break, that we need to rest more, that we need more “me time.” And yet we can look at the life of Christ and see busy-ness at its best.

“In his defense Jesus said to them, ‘My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I too am working.'”

John 5:17

Jesus was busy. His days were filled with preaching, healing, teaching, and discipling. So full was His life that His own family tried to intervene (Mark 3:20-21). But Jesus was committed to doing God’s will and being about His Father’s business. He knew His time on Earth was short, and He had to make the most of it.

Being busy isn’t a sin. In fact, there is danger in not being busy.

“We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies.”

2 Thessalonians 3:11

Paul even warned the Thessalonian church to stay away from idle people and “never tire of doing what is right” (2 Thessalonians 3:13).

We are not Jesus. But we, too, have work to do. Our time on Earth is also brief. Are we busy being about the Father’s business? Or is our busy-ness about us? 

“As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him who sent Me.  Night is coming when no one can work.”

John 9:4

Consider the activities — even the little ones — that occupy your time throughout the day. Do they bring glory to God, or are you trying to bring glory to yourself? Are you wasting valuable time in black holes like social media or vapid TV programs? Is your life fully committed to doing God’s will?

We all need to take time to rest and recharge. Jesus also retreated temporarily from His work to rest and pray. Even while we “rest,” what are we doing? Are these opportunities to recharge edifying us or breaking us down?

Being busy is not a sin if we are busy about the right things. Take a moment today to ask God to show you where He wants you to be busy for Him. Relinquish those activities that keep you busy but do not bring Him glory and are not in accordance with His will.

“Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” 

John 6:27

Blessings to you,





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  1. Yes! It’s about being busy with God wants us to do, with the right things. If we are doing what we know we should be, we can sustain even when the days are long and we are tired. Being busy with what God doesn’t want us to do so often leads to burnout and frustration.
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    • Even when I know God has called me to a certain task, I still struggle to persevere at times. That’s Satan. But God will give us everything we need to accomplish the works He’s called us to do.

  2. Excellent post! Sometimes I feel so busy that I just want to stop everything! Recently, we took personality tests and I discovered that was characteristic of my personality type (INFJ), since I’m more of an introvert than an extrovert! 🙂

    Nevertheless, it is so essential to make sure we are busy with the right things! We must be about our Father’s Business!

    Thanks for challenging us! (I popped over from Raising Mighty Arrows.)

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    • Elizabeth, I think I’m an ISTJ myself–so I’m also an introvert. We definitely have to make time to be alone and unwind! Thanks for your encouraging comment. We do have to continue being about our Father’s business for sure!

  3. Keri, I learned a new word “vapid.” 🙂 You’re really on to something here. Everywhere we’re told just to take some time for ourselves, live it up, vacation, etc. Rarely do Christians hear the message that Jesus was busy- and we probably should be too. Interesting and all too true. Here’s to filling our calendars with meaningful tasks to glorify God!
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