If You’re Too Busy for God, Then You’re Too Busy
By Rick Warren
— September 8, 2014
“Now dear children, continue to live in fellowship with Christ.” (1 John 2:28 NLT)
I grow several kinds of grapes at my home. If those grapes are disconnected from the vine, they’re not going to grow or bear fruit. Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5 NIV). You cannot bear fruit in your life if you’re not connected to Jesus on a regular basis.
This is true in all your relationships. If you don’t spend time with your husband or your wife, you’re going to be disconnected. You’ve got to do what you did when you were first in love. You need to date your mate. If you don’t spend time with your spouse, you’re going to lose your intimacy because you’re disconnected.
This is also true with God. You have to spend time with God in order to be close to him, to feel his love, to sense his presence in your life.
I’ve been walking with the Lord for more than 40 years, and I will admit to you that the hardest thing in my life is to keep a consistent daily time with God because everything fights against it! Why? Because Satan knows if he can keep you disconnected, you’re worthless. You have no power. You have no defense. You have no strength against his temptations. He doesn’t care if you do all kinds of good things as long as you don’t spend time with God, because it’s your number one purpose in life.
You weren’t put on this planet to mark things off your “To Do” list. God didn’t create you just to do a bunch of activities. God created you so you could know him and love him and he could know and love you back. If you’re not spending time getting to know God, you are missing the number one purpose of your life. Satan knows that, so he’s going to try to keep you busy.
If you’re too busy for God, it’s real simple: You’re too busy, because you’re putting everything else in front of the number one commandment — love God with all your heart and soul and mind and strength.
“Now dear children, continue to live in fellowship with Christ” (1 John 2:28 NLT).
Talk It Over
- To what activities or commitments do you give more of your time than you do to God?
- What do your priorities say about your commitment to spiritual growth?
- What changes do you need to make so that you are connected to Christ on a regular basis?
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