Today, I want to talk about what’s killing the church and its witness. And no, it’s not what you’d expect – it’s not sin. It’s not a lack of discipline. It’s not weak or lukewarm Christians, or whatever else is lamented in today’s world.
I think what’s killing the church is busyness.
And, I say this as an incredibly busy person. This is snapshot of what a recent day looked like for me…
- Meeting starting at 6 AM.
- Back to the house to get kids and drop them off to school.
- Meetings and sermon writing throughout the day.
- Volunteering in Asher’s school.
- Hockey in the evening for the boys.
- Followed by school (I had an exam).
- Followed by prepping for a large NGO Board that I sit on.
- Followed by cleaning the house and talking with Krista.
And, I say this not to be like, “Look at how busy I am! I must be awesome!” I say this because I think the drive to get more stuff done each and every day is what is killing the church. Where do you and my neighbours show up? Where is whitespace for God opportunities and interruptions?
Where am I even giving God space to move in my day?
I bring this all up because I bet your life isn’t all that different. Sure, the pieces might be different. Sure, some of what you do might be different. But, I bet the first thing you’d say when I ask how your week is, “Busy.”
And, that’s what needs to change.
Because, busyness doesn’t expand God’s kingdom.
And, I’m not talking about being lazy, rather I’m talking about being available. Available to God. Available to interruptions and those around you. Available to meet and connect with others.
Doug Fields writes, “Busy is the enemy of neighbourly.”
That is so simple, and true.
As Christians, we are called to be neighbourly because we are called to change neighbourhoods.
I write this as a challenge today. Cut some things out of your schedule to make space for God’s schedule. Busy is the enemy of neighbourly, and busy is the enemy of a whole life. So, make some changes.
That’s what I am going to do today.