Too Busy?

W. Terry Varner
June 26, 2016

Are you like I am? Busy! It is good that we are able to be busy; however, oftentimes we become too busy and this results in consequences—neglect, health problems, family problems, spiritual problems, etc.

In 1 Kings 20:35-43, there is an interesting story of a man who became too busy. He was assigned a prisoner to keep, became too busy with trivial matters, and the prisoner escaped. Consequences followed. The result was that his life was now at stake. He placed emphasis on other matters—one might say on little things. He became too busy to do the things to save his own life.

There is a danger in life that we may lose that on which our life depends because we are too busy with other matters. Important matters may become lost because we have become too busy.

Too Busy and Lose Our Health. John desired that Gaius prosper “in health” (3 John 2). We can be so busy that we neglect our own physical well-being by either indulging in things wholesome or indulging in things harmful (cf 1 Cor. 6:15-20).

Too Busy and Lose Our Jobs. We are to work or labor diligently in the good things of life (cf. Eph. 4:28). If we are company owners or employees of others, we are to do our work “with good will doing service, as to the Lord’ (Eph. 6:5-8).

Too Busy and Lose Opportunities. There is none who cannot remember failing to do something good—a favor, helping another, visiting those who need it. Paul reminds us “as we have therefore opportunity let us do good to all men” (Gal. 6:10). Opportunity is a blessing to each of us. We have opportunity to get an education, to be the light and salt of society, for a happy marriage, to have and rear children, etc., but often we are too busy.

Too Busy and Lose Friends. Friendship is a real blessing of humanity. Each needs friends. Solomon rightly observed, “he that has friends must show himself friendly” (Prov. 18:24). So many lose friends from being too busy, by betrayal, by deceiving them, etc.

Too Busy and Lose Their Good Name. When I was a child and we went into town on Saturday night, I was allowed to be on my own but with the comment, “Remember, you are a Varner. The Varner name was prominent and the family was concerned about how it was treated. Solomon instructs us that “a good name is rather to be chosen than great riches” (Prov. 22:1). The Roman Centurion, Cornelius, was a man of “good report” among the Jews in Caesarea (Acts 10:22). A good name is important—in work, in play, in marriage, in Christ, etc.

Too Busy and Lose Our Influence for God. All of us have influence on and among others. As Christians we are “the salt of the world” (Matt. 5:13). Consequently, we must be careful and not neglect doing good works which men observe and in turn “glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matt. 5:16). If we become too busy and lose the confidence of others and do questionable things, we lose our influence.

Too Busy and Lose Our Soul. Jesus said that a man might be “able to gain the whole world and lose his own soul” (Matt. 16:26). What a horrible end to the life of any and especially to a Christian. To be lost eternally, suffer in the torments of hell, and miss the Supper of the Lamb in heaven would be horrible (cf. Rev. 19:9). When we become too busy to obey the gospel, become too busy to be faithful after we have obeyed the gospel, too busy to worship and praise God, too busy to read and study God’s word, too busy to pray, etc., we have the assurance of God’s word that we have been to busy and will lose our promise of enjoying heaven eternally.