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The Trap of Busyness

      Don’t get me wrong. I don’t claim to be any busier than any of you, but, like you, I am busy. While busyness often appears productive, it can also be a dangerous trap. For that reason, a devotion I read this morning hit close to home (the last paragraph in particular) and I want to share it. This is taken from a devotional called Simply Sacred, by Gary Thomas.

Have you noticed that when Jesus went on the attack, he typically addressed the heart first and foremost? Not behavior or pedigree or habits, but the heart.

“It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law” (Mark 10:5).

“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me” (Mark 7:6).

“This people’s heart has become calloused” (Matt. 13:15).

Thankfully for us, Christ’s death, resurrection, and ascension fulfill a prophecy given long ago: “The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendents, so that you may love Him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live” (Deut. 30:6).

Through what Christ has done, our guilty, shame-ridden hearts can be spiritually defibrillated, jump-started to once again beat with Christ passion and heavenly adoration. The Bible states:

“Therefore, brother, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, His body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience.” (Hebrews 10:19-22)

Once sprinkled, however, our hearts still need to be maintained. If we don’t keep our hearts, carefully grooming their affection – if we allow the running of a business or the raising of a family or the maintenance of a church to keep us so busy that we don’t take time to cultivate intimacy with God – then we shouldn’t be surprised if our souls collapse into the false allure of scandalous sin. Blessings,

Kevin

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