06 Jul BUSY BUT GUILTY
BUSY BUT GUILTY
Joe, a 300 level student of Microbiology, is actively involved in the service of God in his campus fellowship. Since he became a worker in his 100 level, he has always given his time and strength to the work of God in the Maintenance Unit. At the time, activities in the work section and fellowship meetings have deprived him of his relationship with God.
Today was a busy day for Joe, just like every other day. He left the class after three lecture periods, to study in his hostel’s reading room, only to fall into sleep after few moments. Lifting up his head from the study table to check his phone buzzing in his head once again, he found it was the 5:30pm alarm, the time for the workers’ meeting. “For how long, O Lord?” he asked. He is now dry and he can feel it, the living spring that once flowed like a river is now dry, no more strength, and no more power from within anymore. Tears rolled down his eyes, he fell on his knees. He has been busy, but didn’t care about the welfare of his soul. He was committed to the work of the Lord, but neglected the Lord of the work! As expected, while he slept, the enemy had come to sow tares and had stolen the fruits of grace.
Are there not many of us today, who have been so busy in taking care of the church and its members, who are engaged in one work section or the other, who are just busy here and there? Yes, they once knew the Lord, they once had the power and the anointing of the Holy Ghost for life and service, their soul once knew no dryness; but now, church activities, religious meetings and social engagements have clouded their minds. They seem to think they have got enough from God that can carry them through. Now, the work of God seems the most important and given a high priority, while the God of the work is, rather unfortunately, neglected!
These are just like Martha, who prepared earnestly for the comfort of the Lord. She was much concerned of the less necessary, she was distracted by all preparations that had to be made, making sure that all things were set, and that all soul was fed. But Mary was concerned about the most essential thing, though she knew those other things were good. She therefore sat at the feet of her Lord, cared for her soul, listened to Him with rapt attention, heard His word and applied His word to her heart. She made the right choice! Why wouldn’t she be commended by the King of kings: “…one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part” and Martha was left with no such commendation.
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21). The people that Jesus was referring to in this text must have carried the Bible around; they must have seemed to a normal average person as very zealous for God, they must have claimed to know God, they must have been dutifully engaged in the work of the Lord. They could even have been singers in the choir, drama ministers or even fellowship executives. But you know what? Their hearts were not right with God all along. They were still living the life of sin, even though they smartly covered everything up with pretense, disguise and hypocrisy. These words they will say to the King of kings on that day: “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?” (Matthew 7:22) But to their greatest surprise, the reply of the King will smash their ears like a big dash. Their mouth will drop agape and their hands will find their way to their heads, as they hear the
words they never had thought that he would say to them “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that
work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:23). These words will resound as echoes of a sounding brass and tinkling
cymbals, echoing the reality of their doom. What a pity! Well, like Martha, they saw him afar off, but
they neglected him thinking that the service in His vineyard will suffice enough. They were BUSY BUT
Jesus would have called them for some time to listen to what He had to say, to read His word that will
have comforted them, corrected them, rebuked them, chastened them, taught them, and encouraged
them. He would have wanted to give them His wisdom in carrying out His work as he desires, but they
made their own decision, they did that which was right in their sight. He was shut up, slammed out,
ignored, excused, set at a later date that would not come! They found no time to build a personal
relationship with God, but now they have found time to die and the damning words now fills their ears.
They were BUSY BUT GUILTY.
Dear reader is your case similar to Joe’s experience? God now seems boring and uninteresting. Every
time you gaze at Him and His word, you are now apathetic. You are now lost in thoughts, daydreams
seem to be a more fascinating. When you come back to read His word, God has gone. He has waited for
long and waited enough. When you stand to pray, you find no strength, your prayer life is now you’re
your prayer altar is broken. Talking with friends or functioning in the work section is now a great delight.
It is where you always want to be to replace the dryness of your deserted soul. You hope God’s presence
will flood back again when you do that, but what a mistake you have made. The one thing necessary, the
mandatory, the most urgent, the eternal, the crucial, most important is left undone. You are BUSY BUT
In the words of Joe: “I think of the past and once my soul beat for Him, my soul served Him, my heart
loved Him, it burned for Him, the delight and power which compassed when I preached to creature.
Now my heart waits for His love, for peace to fill my heart once again and to rest in Him as I always did,
down by the shore of His safety.” With sincerity from a humble heart, he prays: “Come Lord Jesus, my
heart waits for thee, my heart is sore, unrest is in vogue. When will my beloved come to me? Times you
come, but my soul struggles and rejects his sweet call. Can I forget your sweet fragrance when you
wrapped me in your love while I read and prepared for your message and the time I turned a year older,
your presence I did feel near. Oh lover of my soul, my baptizer, my Spirit, my Friend, my Father whose
love is as sweet as the rose of Sharon, the Lion of Judah, my stay, my tongue speak of your wonders
understood not in the human world, but a soul you are saving somewhere. I long for your touch and
love, when will you visit my abode again? Your peace that passes all understanding and Oh your face I
want to see. Come Holy Spirit, now is thy hour”
And, the words of his ever loving and merciful Saviour spoke these words to his heart: “Unrest soul,
Impatient heart, be still”. “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come.
And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” (Revelation
article from Deeper Life Christian Fellowship Unilag