In my previous article, I wrote about the one insight that changed my view of busyness. It was this:
“I am not Jesus… but I can look to Him.”
In this article, I’ll be writing on the first part of this statement. Here it goes.
I am not Jesus…
I would own up to the fact that a big part of why I was busy was because I kept saying yes to too many things. Be it requests, extra work, incentives, favors—I fell into the habit of the ‘YES’.
Is saying ‘yes’ a bad thing? What if it brings more people to church? If it makes your team more free up to do other things? What if it makes your loved ones more comfortable? What if it grows your ministry?
From experience, the line to draw between a good and a bad kind of ‘yes’ depended on one thing: intention.
Whenever I said “YES” while thinking of my own self-interest, my yes’s turned into either exhaustion, frustration, impatience, or selfishness. Or all of the above. Meanwhile, when I said yes because I heard from God, honored a commitment, helped a loved one, I realized that there was no added burden or stress to it. That ‘yes’ even brought me much joy and even bore fruit in either mine or the other person’s life.
See that’s the thing about a ‘yes’. If it stems from all the right reasons, the reasons rooted in loving God and others, then God will give you the ability to joyfully accomplish the task at hand.
On the other hand, if the bottom line of all of your yes’s is vested in fluffing yourself up, then no amount of service would ever be truly satisfying.
Because now it’s all about you, and not about what Jesus, through the cross, has allowed you to do—to serve. Period.
More good news
I have more good news. In his book “Crazy Busy”, DeYoung mentions a memorable line he heard from a sermon during his graduating class:
“You may be part of the bridal party, but you are not the groom. You are not the Messiah, so don’t try to be.”
John the Baptist said it this way in John 1:20:
He did not refuse to confess, but openly declared, “I am not the Christ.”
This brings relief to the side of me who feels like she needs to prove something of herself. And for the rest of the busy people out there, we can be rest assured that…
We do not hold the solution to all our family’s, company’s, friend’s, discipleship group’s, and the world’s problems. Only Jesus does.
While the church is part of God’s saving plan for the world, we are not the Savior of the world. Even if our foolish and flawed selves sometimes believe to be.
While the church’s role is to carry out the great commission on earth, we are not and will never be the replacement for Jesus Christ. Not even by a long shot.
While we are part of the solution to the world’s deepest problems, we are not the solution. Jesus is.
We will sleep better at night and do better at our jobs, school, or ministry, when we repeat these truths to ourselves every day:
- Because of Jesus, we can rest in His finished work on the cross. (Colossians 2:14)
- Because of Jesus, we can jump for joy that the world will go on without us because it eventually will. (James 4:13-14)
- Because of Jesus, we can let go of our worries and anxieties about problems that only He has the answer to. (Philippians 4:6)
All because of Jesus. This is the freedom He gives to all those who believe in Him. Stay tuned for Part 3.