By Ekong Ekong
We are generally very busy people. When Adam and Eve sinned, God pronounced punishment to man – Gen 3: 17-19 17 And to Adam he said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return."
Naturally we are meant to be busy in getting the basic necessities of life. Sometime we are so busy dealing with the issues of life and ignore the most important aspect of our lives – our relationship with God and other people.
As Christians we have to follow the footsteps of Jesus if we are to be the people God created us to be. We have to stop every now and then to pay attention to the spiritual aspects of our lives.Christ had a very busy scheduled when he was on earth but most times he would stop and pay attention to other important events around him and also spend time with God. Below are some of the stops that we should consider from time to time.
Christ was always in the habit of withdrawing from his busy schedule of teaching and healing ministry to go quiet places to pray. Luke 5:12-16 12 While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy. And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, "Lord, if you will, you can make me clean." 13 And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, "I will; be clean." And immediately the leprosy left him. 14 And he charged him to tell no one, but "go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, for a proof to them." 15 But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. 16 But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.
Mark 1:35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.
As we go about our busy schedules, we should never forget to find time to pray. It can be in the morning or afternoon and night time. We cannot ignore praying to God just because we are very busy. Prayer is a very important aspect of a Christian life. It is the only means we can talk to God, thanking Him for what he has done to us and telling Him about our problems.
It is important that we find time to hear from God. We can only hear from God through reading the Bible. It is very possible to be so busy from the beginning of the year to the end of the year and neglect reading our bibles. John 15:15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
Christ was always spending time with the Father (God) even in his busy schedule. We have to stop and spend time reading the Bible so that we can know the will of God and draw closer to Him. We also have to stop our busy schedules and meditate on the word.
Jesus often stopped his busy schedule to show compassion on other people. Matthew 15:32 Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, "I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way."
Jesus fed over four thousand people who were with him for three days because he had compassion on them. We are living a rich society and it is very easy to be busy with the things of life and forget there are other people who are suffering in poverty.
Mark 6:34 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. We are living in an environment where people are truly like sheep without shepherd. Lots of people still do not know their left from right. Lots of people need to hear the word of God. We cannot ignore this great task because we are busy people. We have to stop and have compassion on other people.
2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?--unless indeed you fail to meet the test!
If we want to live a healthy life then we have to undergo regular health-check. In some cases the doctors will identify areas where one need to adjust to stay healthy and prevent diseases that cannot be cured. The same goes with our spiritual life. We have to stop and have a regular spiritual check up to be sure that certain things are corrected if any is found. We cannot use the excuse of busy lifestyle and neglect our spiritual wellbeing.
We should not forget the words of Jesus in Mark 8:36-37 36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
We should not get caught up in our busy lifestyle to the neglect the most important thing – our relationship with our God, our creator, our Lord and our provider. There nothing worth exchanging our souls for.