“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16).
There are those who always seem to be busy. They are always in a rush to get where they are going and never seem to have any time to enjoy their life. Some of this may be caused simply by overextending themselves such as agreeing to do too many things at once. Another reason may be that they are attempting to accomplish more than they are called to do, but whatever the cause busyness is one way in which we feel important. I mean if we’re busy it means we are in demand; and if we are in demand it must mean we are important, and if we aren’t then we must not be important, and we simply can’t have that.
Whenever talk of busyness comes up I remember Jesus’ time as a guest in the house of Mary and Martha. Most of us know the story so let me just say, “Martha was busy about many things while Mary sat at Jesus’ feet.” This seeming laziness on Mary’s part sent the busy Martha into a tailspin; so she told Jesus ,”Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” Jesus’ answer probably surprised Martha when He said, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:40-42).
You see being a servant is what we are called to be but when our time serving turns into busyness for busyness’ sake it becomes wasteful. Jesus didn’t tell Martha serving was unimportant; He simply pointed out what Mary was doing, by sitting at His feet, was the most important. Oddly enough God has a way of taking what we give Him and multiplying it. So for me the lesson here is clear. If we see our time with Christ as the most important time spent the rest will fall into place.
Throughout the Bible we are called to rest. From the very beginning God gave us the Sabbath for us to rest. Jesus himself invites us to come to Him for rest, and again in the letter to the Hebrews we are told to “labor to enter into His rest” (Hebrews 4:11). Of course this doesn’t mean we spend our lives swinging in a hammock at the beach, even though that sounds pretty good to me, but it means we cease from “Our own works” and enter into God’s rest. When we enter into God’s rest He has a way of making our “work” if you will, more prosperous. He can show us how to do things in a much shorter time and even with fewer resources. Do you remember the story about the little boy and his loaves and fish feeding the thousands? Do you remember when Jesus told Peter to go fishing for their tax money? How about Him speaking the word and the Roman Centurion’s son being healed and Jesus didn’t even have to be present. You see When we make the most of our time God will accomplish more than we could ever imagine and it won’t be based on how busy we are either.
Speaking of making the most of the time reminds me of a conversation I recently had with a telemarketer. Lately we have been getting phone calls everyday from someone wanting to sell us something. Up until recently I would simply hang up on them, but now I have a new strategy. The phone rang and rather than listening for their questions I jumped in and started telling them about Jesus. I said, “Did you know that God loves us so much He sent His only begotten Son here to die for our sins? Can you imagine that the God who created the heavens and earth would go as far as to come here in order to save us? Have you ever received Jesus Christ into your life?” The man on the other end seemed to be actually listening at first but somewhere along the line he became distracted, maybe even frustrated and he ended the conversation. Usually I’m the one hanging up on them but this time I refused to let them control the outcome and shared Christ with them. I mean I already had them on the line I thought I would make the most of it.
Another time Tracey answered the phone, and she doesn’t like hanging up on them, so she’s nice to them. She said, “I don’t want to hang up on you, but I am hanging up now, “We love you!” As if it isn’t funny enough, that she would tell the telemarketer she loved them, the lady on the other end said, “AT&T loves you too!” Of course we got quite the laugh from that but my point is the same. Whether we are simply being still, working in the kitchen or sharing the gospel with telemarketers it is of utmost importance to make the most of our time.