I’ve known Christians with their day planners so full that they could not get from one appointment to the next on time. I’ve seen evidence on social media that some wear “righteous” busyness as a twisted form of evidence of their spirituality. Is there no end to religious agendas and church programs that, no matter their intent, steal more and more time away from availability? Have we reached a point where God has to call and leave a message for call back in order to schedule an appointment?
Imagine the priest and the Levite passing by the man who had been beaten and left for dead in Jesus’ story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10). Jesus did not let us in on their excuses like He did in the story of the invited dinner guests in Luke 14, but they were clearly preoccupied with something, even if it was the fear of missing out on “work” if they became unclean. They were not available for an assignment that God had scheduled for them. Whatever the details, their agendas were already full of their own plans for the day.
Jesus’ point in the story was that the Samaritan was responding to God’s purposes and not his own (the Greatest Commandment), as well as to the best interests of the injured man instead of his own agenda (the Second Greatest Commandment).
Allowing our own religious agenda, assuming it is religious, to steal our availability away from God is certainly an irony. It must, however, be avoided.
“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10) doesn’t really sound like a suggestion. It may be the only effective strategy to avoid this self-driven “righteous” busyness.
Being “All In” isn’t the same as being heavily scheduled. It is being physically, spiritually, and emotionally available for what God puts in our path. For that, we must be listening. To listen, we must spend time being still.
Be “All In,” not worn out.