Day 237 – Good Busyness
On: June 25, 2015   |   By: SWLadmin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

“Then he said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’ “ ‘Sir,’ they said, ‘he already has ten!’ “He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away. But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them – bring them here and kill them in front of me.’ ” Luke 19:24-27

There’s a saying that goes: “If you want something done, ask a busy person.” Seems silly. Surely, they will be too busy and you should ask someone with more time on their hands. But no. The reason a busy person is busy is because they have said “yes”, and are getting on with it. Someone who is not busy has said “no”; that’s why they’ve got time on their hands!

There are, or course, two sorts of busyness: one that is your servant, and the other that is your master. The former is good busyness. It has downtime and recreation built in and will be creative and effective. The latter is a destructive drivenness, bad not just for the too busy person, but for all those around them.

Back to Jesus’s parable, those who have been responsible stewards will find themselves given more to manage. Those who have not made good use of their giftedness, will end up kicking their heels for they have not demonstrated trustworthiness in Kingdom matters.

The implication of the parable is that this latter group will not be kicked out the Kingdom –  that is the fate of those who have actively opposed and rejected the King. But they will be passengers, not fully engaged in God’s work. Are these the pew-fillers, who may have great responsibility in their day job, but have chosen not to invest their time, energy and skills in the development of God’s Kingdom? They may be busy, but it is not good busyness.


Father God, enable me to get a right balance between the time and energy I spend pursuing  my “day job” and that which  I spend on Your Kingdom, whether at work, through my local church, my neighbourhood or elsewhere. Amen.

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