Busy vs fruitful. Which are you? Someone a few days ago was telling me their schedule. They were explaining how it’s just so difficult to get any scripture reading or prayer time in their day. There’s the 1 Thessalonians 5:17 “pray with ceasing” concept. We can and should always be in intimacy with the Father. Prayer is a way of life. But, there’s a place for focused, specific prayer free from distraction. This person has little to no Bible reading and prayer included in their spiritual walk. There’s no time allotted for it. Not surprisingly they feel down, defeated, exhausted, hopeless, and lack peace. They are busy, not fruitful. They are exhausted and distracted. And that’s right where the enemy wants them…and us.
Many years ago I worked with a woman who had two full time jobs. She even had another small sales venture on the side. This lady was always tired. Always. It was difficult working with her because she never gave 100%. Exhaustion didn’t allow it. One day she opened up to me that although she loved being a single woman with a lot of money, her new purses and designer clothes weren’t making her happy. She felt empty. As she was rummaging through her Coach purse telling me her thoughts, I was reminded of this verse in Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money” (ESV). It’s OK to want nice things and work hard to an extent. But this lady was working her body in the ground for name brands and comfort. Although she may have professed to have faith, her life was full of building earthly treasures.
Today, I want to ask you if you’re exhausted and distracted? Perhaps you can’t identify with that woman above because you have children and are financially struggling. Maybe your health is failing. Some might say, “I’m just trying to make it.” Single parents especially feel this way. It’s tough. If you are too busy to read your Bible and pray, you’re too busy. Period. Make time. Ask the Father to give you wisdom in choosing a schedule that honors Him. Don’t get caught in the trap of distraction. Stay focused and take care of your body. You are here for a purpose. Live it. Just as Yeshua (Jesus) did, take time away to spend alone with the Father. This will give you joy, peace, and strength to live victoriously each day.
Help hurting people. Love others. Love God. Take the sabbath rest. Bear much fruit. Keep your focus on Him.
Psalm 105:4 ESV Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!
Psalm 127:1-2 ESV Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.
Matthew 6:19-21 ESV “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
John 15:16 ESV You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
Hebrews 4:9-12 ESV So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.