Friday, July 24, 2009

Too Busy

"Modern Christian tend to make busyness their religion. We admire and imitate, and so become, Christian workaholics, supposing that the busiest believers are always the best. Those who love the Lord will indeed be busy for him, no doubt about that; but the spirit of our busyness is constantly wrong. We run round doing things for God and leave ourselves no time for prayer. Yet that does not bother us, for we have forgotten the old adage that if you are too busy to pray, you really are too busy. But we do not feel the need to pray, because we have grown self-confident and self-reliant in our work. We take for granted that our skills and resources and the fine quality of our programs will of themselves bring forth fruit; we have forgotten that apart from Christ—Christ trusted, obeyed, looked to, relied on—we can achieve nothing." (J. I. Packer, Keep in Step with the Spirit 98)

Father, help me steer between the extremes of busyness and laziness. Help me not to merely work and not pray. Help me not to merely pray and not work. But help me to give myself both to prayer and work (1 Th 5:17; 1 Cor 15:58).

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