Business or Busyness?
Recently I was texting a friend just chatting about his current busyness and encouraging him not to allow it to draw him away from the Lord. As I attempted to type ‘busyness’, I looked at the text I sent and realized that I typed ‘business’ instead. Nothing registered for me at that point. It was when I attempted to correct my error in another text and I typed that I meant “busyness not business” that it hit me! In our world today, what’s the difference?! Business is awesome… especially when it’s your own. You know that all of the blood, sweat and tears you put into your business will benefit your bottom line. That’s great!
After being in full-time ministry for the past 14 years, it’s hard to wrap my mind around working late… putting in weekends… dealing with stress and people… just so that I can afford stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I like stuff just as much as the other person, but to be sooooooo busy and the rewards of that busyness not hit my heavenly account, just seems worthless to me. I want my blood, sweat and tears to touch lives; to bring change; to accomplish the purposes of God. I don’t want my life and legacy to be temporal, where at my funeral, my eulogy would speak about how well I worked and all of my earthly accomplishments; about how they could have counted on me to always deliver, because it served my corporate masters well or even because it fattened my bank account. It seems so futile! I get one life… just one!!!
I heard a testimony of a guy who was a pilot. He had lived his life to the fullest; enjoyed himself. He believed in God, but he didn’t particularly believe in heaven or hell. He felt the idea of heaven was too fantastic to be true. But one day he sat in his vehicle and he felt life leaving his body. He was present in that moment where he knew “This is it!” He said that in the last nanoseconds of his life he was so aware that he had not done anything of real value with his life. He was aware that he lived his life mostly for himself and had done nothing for this great God that had given him life. Now his life was about to be over! He said to God, from a part of his being that he never knew existed, “Please forgive me!” In that moment he wasn’t even asking forgiveness for all of his sins… He was asking forgiveness for wasting this precious life that he was given. Long story short, he got another opportunity to live life and now he makes it count for God; for the Kingdom of God; for the people in his life. I want in the final nanoseconds of my life, to say like Paul said “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith”.
How many of us are using up our days… our hours… our minutes… our nanoseconds… for ourselves? When we evaluate our lives, how much of our treasures are being stored in the vaults of heaven? The treasures we get to store are love… kindness… mercy… forgiveness… souls… souls… souls! Souls are our greatest treasure in heaven; people who we help to step out of the darkness of this world into the light of Christ; people who we direct off of the broad road and usher unto the narrow road that leads to eternal life.
If I have to be busy, I’d rather be busy affecting lives for Jesus and store treasures in heaven, than busy with business and store all of my treasures in an earthly bank. Jesus said it best “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”. When it comes to business, Jesus had something to say about that as well. He said “I must be about my Father’s Business”. The Father’s business yields the highest returns; eternal returns!
So what am I saying? I’m saying “Make your life count! Store up treasures in heaven! Don’t allow business to become the busyness in your life!”
Life is too valuable to be spent on such perishables!!!
2 Timothy 4:6-8 King James Version (KJV)
6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Matthew 6:20-21 Amplified Bible (AMP)
20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in and steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there your heart [your wishes, your desires; that on which your life centers] will be also.
Matthew 6:24 King James Version (KJV)
24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.