Too Busy to Serve? Oh, the Interruptions!

Are You Too Busy?

Busy Life's Interruptions - Opportunities to show the world Christ. - A Studio 1-37 Original ImageSometimes I feel like I am so busy I just want to throw my hands up in the air and say no more! No more interruptions to my agenda. Really, how can I ever get anything done if I am always helping someone else? Yep, I confessed this out loud and in writing for all to see. Does God expect me to put my busy life on hold to constantly help others?

In a word, yes! Sometimes I think we forget our place in the world and what tasks we are to do. Just like the man who came into the bank. He found the customer service clerk busy chatting on the phone about the new restaurants in town. After about three minutes of exchanging dark glances with the man, she told her caller, ”Hold on a minute. I’m being interrupted by a customer. (Streiker, 2000)

Sometimes it is irritating to be interrupted from our busy lives to go off in another direction. To stop what we’re doing or change the goals for our day, but St. Paul reminds us this is our purpose, plan, and mission on earth. We are to give of ourselves like the boy who sat in church on Sunday watching the offering plate passed. Wanting badly to give something, he reached into his pocket to see what he could contribute. To his dismay, he found nothing. As the plate came closer he came up with an idea. When it finally arrived at him, he carefully took it and placed it on the ground before stepping inside. He had no money to give but instead gave the most important thing he had, himself.

Finding True Purpose in Our Busy Life

This week’s focus verse reminds us of the importance of allowing serving opportunities to interrupt our busy life. Our work on earth is not for ourselves but for God. So, we must continue to do good things for others even when it interrupts us and when we don’t expect thanks or even positive results. It is of grave importance that we persevere with service in these thankless times as we trust God for the results. When we do good for others we are planting a harvest which will reap blessings whether we feel appreciated or not for we are working for God.

It is said that in D.L Moody’s Bible next to Isaiah 6:8 written are the following words. ”I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I ought to do, and what I ought to do, by the grace of God I will do.”

As we experience daily interruptions in our busy-filled lives let us remember that it is through the grace of God we are saved. And it is by the grace of God that we can manage the interruptions of life to serve and do good for others in a way to both manage our personal tasks, not tire of doing good, and realize what is truly important in life.

Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone ”“ especially to those in the family of faith. Galatians 6:10 (NLT)

But Sometimes I’m Just Tired

It is not always easy or convenient to allow others to interrupt your busy life when they need help. But even when challenged you must keep on doing good. For though the circumstances may not offer positive affirmations the Apostle Paul says to keep on doing what you should. For the harvest will come if you trust God with the final results.

God promises to reward you with blessings for the good you do though you may not experience it immediately. Much like spring planting, you sow first and then wait patiently for the harvest to come in knowing that with God, He always makes good on His promises. Excuses are not permitted from the task of helping others as the opportunities erupt and often interrupt. For you are responsible for both your reaction and action. This should provide the motivation you need to continue your good works.

As the opportunities of service intervene in your busy life it is important to remember that your attitude does make a vast difference in the harvest. When you lament your busy life and use it as an excuse or platform, the service becomes selfish instead of true. It is important to look at both in the way you serve and how much you serve.

Selfish and True Service

Selfish service impresses with the ”big deal.” True service finds it almost impossible to distinguish the small from the large service.

Selfish service requires external rewards. True service rests contented in hiddenness.

Selfish service is highly concerned about results. True service is free of the need to calculate results.

Selfish service picks and chooses whom to serve. True service is indiscriminate in its ministry.

Selfish service allows the influence of moods and whims. True service ministers simply and purely.

Above all, you must remember that everything you do you do for God. It is the expectation that you do all the good you can all the time while serving others for this is what Christ did for us.

So, today won’t you take on the challenge to accept the interruptions in your life as opportunities to not only help others but show them Christ through your reactions and actions. Allow your convictions to motivate and spur you on to do good for others even when you are very busy. Find your comfort in knowing that God is waiting to help you through your service if you ask Him. And with this, you may just find that suddenly you gain extra time to accomplish good works of service plus your own list of tasks.

May your week be fruitful with service as you work for the best employer ever, God!

Love in Christ,
E.J.

Postscript

Every church is filled with willing people ”“ some willing to work, and others willing to let them.

Unknown

Extra Study

Isaiah 6:8, Ephesians 2:19

What are Your Thoughts

Is your life so busy that you don’t think you have time for others? Have you considered that when you do good for others you are working for God? Share your thoughts on finding time to give service to others even though your life is extremely busy.

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Credits
Moody, D. L. (2008). One Thousand And One Thoughts From My Library (1898). Whitefish: Kessinger Publishing, LLC.
Streiker, L. (2000). Nelson's Big Book of Laughter. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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