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How to escape the crushing busyness of life, Part 1 – The Problem

16 Oct

How many of you have heard yourself say lately “I am too busy!”?

How many of you have thought “I’ll never get this all done.”?

How many of you have felt like there aren’t enough hours in the day?

Remember how the Good Samaritan made time for the injured man. But the Levite and Priest did not make time. I want to repeat a few words from my sermon last week. “It would have been amazing if the priest or Levite would have stopped. But they didn’t.

People have speculated why. It is good to talk about because there are plenty of times when we could help out in a situation and we don’t. In our day, one of the major reasons we walk by on the other side, is that we are so busy. Our lives are so jammed that there is no time to be a Good Samaritan. Or at least we feel like there is no time.”

In fact one person has suggested that this is the biggest problem the church of today is facing:

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What do you think?  Is he right?  Do you feel the crush of busyness in your family?

Busy lives are not necessarily better lives. In fact your busy life and mine could be a huge problem. Our busy lives could be doing great damage to us.

But it is possible to make a change! In the next episode in Jesus’ life we’re going to meet two people, one who is distracted by the busyness of life. One who has made a change. There is hope for you. If you are living a crazy busy manic life, we are going to learn how to change, how to free up space.

So if you want to get a preview, read Luke 10:38-42.   Then join us at Faith Church for worship where we’ll look into this further!

How to grow as a disciple of Jesus in an already busy world – 1st Corinthians 15:58

15 Oct

WaldoJesusLast week I introduced Sunday’s sermon on 1st Corinthians 15:58 by asking what we do if we want to serve God more, but our lives are so busy.  Out of that question comes another one: isn’t okay to just believe in Jesus, or do we need to be radicals?

1st Corinthians 15:58 closes out a long discussion Paul is having about the resurrection.  Because the resurrection is true, he says, it is a world-changing event that begs us to give our lives in response. The problem is that we haven’t often heard what it means to be a disciple. Instead we have bought in to the idea of levels of commitment to God, as I mentioned before.

An article was published recently that describes in more detail how Christians in our country have looked at commitment to Jesus, and it is scary. The author, Ed Stetzer, says that Christians in our country can be divided nearly evenly into three groups, each making up about 25% of our nation’s population. As you hear me describe Stetzer’s three groups, I want you to think about which one you are in.

First, he says there are “Cultural Christians, [who] are simply those who, when asked, say they are a Christian rather than say they are an atheist or Jewish. They are “Christian” for no other reason than they are from America and don’t consider themselves something else.” Does that describe you? Not sure? Here’s the next group.

He calls them “Congregational Christian[s]. This person generally does not really have a deep commitment, but they will consider themselves as Christians because they have some loose connection to a church—through a family member, maybe an infant baptism, or some holiday attendance.” How about that group? Does describe you? Maybe you are in the…

The final group he calls “Convictional Christians, [and they] are those people who self-identify as Christian who orient their life around their faith in Christ. This includes a wide range of what Christian is—not just evangelicals, for example. It means someone says they are a Christian and it is meaningful to them.”

If we apply these three designations to what Paul has just taught us in 1st Corinthians, Paul is saying that we need to be last group, Convictional Christians.  Stetzer goes on to explain that the first two groups are what he calls nominal Christians, meaning they are Christians in name only. As we have been talking about for the last few weeks, people in those first two groups, the Cultural or Congregational Christians might have a semblance of belief in the content of the Gospel, but they do not have the commitment.

Stetzer predicts that “The nominals will increasingly become nones…They’re simply calling themselves Christians because that’s who they consider themselves to be, not because of any life change or ongoing commitment. Those types of Christians, about half of the population now, will become a minority in a few decades.”

So what we do about this? We do exactly what Paul says. If you feel you are in Group 1 or 2, Paul is saying that we need to be in Group 3, the group that stands firm, lets nothing move you, in your belief and commitment to the resurrection and mission of Jesus. He says that we should always give ourselves fully to the work of the Lord.

So what will that look like this afternoon, tomorrow at work, in the cafeteria of your school, or as you rake your leaves or watch TV?

Here are some practical steps that another writer suggests.

In a busy, busy world, it is possible to “always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord.”  So what does that mean for you?