In our supersonic postmodern society, known for its busyness and its increasing ability to deliver instantaneously, we find ourselves hurried more than our ancestors ever could have imagined. We have come a long way from the horse-and-buggy days, and because of that, our twenty-four hours a day seem more and more restrictive. We never feel like we have enough time to accomplish everything we want or need to do, and the clock keeps ticking. Amid maintaining a 1,500-calorie diet, picking up the kids from soccer practice, and keeping our car insurance current, we can somehow lose touch with what is really important. We become like robots rapidly moving from one task to the next.
We are overworked, overstressed, and spiritually undernourished. Our culture promotes “bigger and better” and subtly challenges us to keep up. Whew! Who made these rules anyway? Satan loves to keep us running in circles trying to beat the clock. If he can distract us, he can minimize our usefulness to the Kingdom of God. Satan may be the Prince of Darkness, but he is also the Duke of Distraction.
Christian theologian J.I. Packer once said, “Modern Christians tend to make busyness their religion.” There are church services and Bible studies to attend, Sunday school classes to teach, mission trips to support, and community outreaches to organize. While all of these pursuits are worthy, they won’t bring us any closer to God. Godliness comes not through what we do for the Lord, but in the time we spend with Him.
As Christians, we cannot allow ourselves to be swept away in the undercurrent of the cultural stopwatch. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
The Bible places high value on rest and peaceful living. During Jesus’ earthly ministry, He Himself escaped the busyness of the crowds occasionally to renew His strength. Mark 6:31 says, “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to [His disciples], ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’” It is difficult, if not impossible, for us to hear God’s still, quiet voice over the roar of the 21st-century crowds, so, like Jesus, we must make time to rest and hear from our Lord.
In his letter to Titus, Paul wrote that his own apostolic ministry existed “to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness” (Titus 1:1, emphasis added). Put simply, Faith + Food = Fruit. The faith Paul describes is not saving faith, but ongoing faith. Holiness does not come from a one-time commitment. It requires continual trust in the Lord for each step of the journey — the kind of faith that leads a person to seek God’s will above his own.
In addition to faith, Paul says godliness comes from “knowledge of the truth.” While it’s true that knowledge can often lead to pride, we must not be content with a surface-level understanding of God’s Word. Simple faith is wonderful — we all ought to strive to develop singular faith focused on God alone. But nowhere does the Lord give us permission to disregard His Word, to step away from the Bible and to declare we’ve had too much to eat. Paul was a devoted student of the Scriptures, and the Bible itself commends those who pore over its pages (see Acts 17:11).
When we daily walk in faith and set out to discover more of God’s character by growing in our knowledge of the Truth, we cannot help but grow in godliness. Just as two inseparable friends begin to reflect one another’s character, we will become more like our Savior as we spend time getting to know Him. That’s not something that can be done overnight. And it doesn’t come through busyness either.
Philippians 4:6–7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” We must be intentional about making time to rest in Jesus. Let the phone ring, the chores can wait, and social media could use a break. Those things are not eternal. Jesus is eternal. Let us make the effort to sit at His feet and enjoy Him rather than miss Him like Martha did because she was fussing over the dishes (Read Luke 10:38–42).
Isaiah 55:6 says, “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” Talk to your Father. It might be time to slow down, take a break from life’s busyness, and adjust your pace so that your steps align with His.
Prayer: Father, show me where I must slow down in order to bear fruit for Your glory. Help me to not pursue busyness as a substitute for time with You. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.