Being Busy vs. Being About My Father’s Business!
Having been a member of some fairly large churches, I’ve noticed certain trends that begin to consume the minds of some believers. The unfortunate thing, is this mindset leaves them with a false idea that their works is what God cares about rather than them sitting down and allowing God to work within their hearts. I call these individuals the ones who are all about being busy versus being about the Lord’s business. They have a tendency to be involved in any and everything and they are normally the first to accept an invitation to do something especially if the Pastor asks them to do it. They roam around the church building a celebrity status because they are always in the scene trying to be seen, but when others get too close their true identity is revealed.
The entitlement, self-righteousness, false humility, and pride begins to be exposed through their actions and words. Their “church lingo” is on point, but a pure heart is disturbed by the words they speak simply because it lacks the purity that comes with one who walks in the Spirit of Christ. Their communication with those socially “beneath” their celebratory status turns into pity talk rather than genuine concern for another’s welfare. Rather than seeing how that person could possibly be a blessing to them, this group of individuals will look at them and see someone who needs to be blessed by them.
This has often burdened me because it creates a false idea that doing everything in the church is what stacks up your crowns in Heaven or grants you the keys to the Kingdom. It fosters division, making those who aren’t able to do more appear to be less valuable. I’ve gotten to the point where I understand honoring those who work hard, but to reward one servant over another servant because they did a little bit more in the eyes of man is not how our Heavenly Father operates. I think about the disciples who completed many task for Jesus, but what separated them from others is that the works they were asked to do always fell under the will of God. If they ever stepped outside the will of God they were reminded to reevaluate their motives and to realign their works to the will of God and so they would not boast about what they did knowing it was all God’s doing.
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers! (Matthew 7:21-23)
This scripture always sends me to a place of self-evaluation. It makes me seek God to gain a clear understanding about whether I’m working for the kingdom or working for fame. I speak so boldly about this issue because I, too, almost got sucked into this religious mentality of trying to please people and look super saved by going above and beyond to do things “for the kingdom.” Yes, I accomplished a lot and made my way to “the top” receiving acknowledgement from the Pastor and even being called out in services, but then God gave me a fresh revelation of what it really meant to serve him.
I would say this epiphany took place in 2014 when I was in the process of becoming an ordained minister. During this process I was allowed to be wrecked only to be built back up by God. There came a pivotal point where God revealed the call he had for my life, but what he was calling me to do was not connected to that minister’s process. It’s funny because as I look back, God’s push for me to move was always a result of me becoming frustrated, uneasy, and burdened. These were the emotions I experienced and through that, God told me, “It’s time for you to move.” Yes, I was scared and I felt alone. What made it worse, was my father had just passed away and with him being gone, I almost went into a state of feeling like an orphan. My mom had died back in 1996, and although my grandmother, who raised me, was still alive, I felt lost. I was confused, because I truly believed that the plan for my life was set and I was going to be a minister and share the word of God where I was. But God had a different plan!
After spending five years in a place where I served hard doing whatever was needed of me, I left feeling empty. Being at that point, God took me to a deeper level in him and challenged me. He positioned me in leadership, but he showed me that it wasn’t about the title. It wasn’t about my works, nor was it about receiving praise from the Pastor, heck he doesn’t even know my name! But it was about the hearts of the people entrusted to me. God began to purge and mold me. I was becoming a servant leader with a heightened sense of discernment and wisdom that allowed me not to say yes to everything, but more so to be intentional about what I was saying Yes to. I was challenged to ask myself, am I being busy or being about my Father’s business by doing A, B, and C. After receiving this revelation, I would sit back and observe other members of my church and Holy Spirit would speak to me. He said, “Look at how many of these people are being busy trying to do everything to look saved, fit in, and be acknowledged, while missing the small assignments that I’ve ordained for them to complete.” My heart grew heavy and took me back to Matthew 7 because I could see how many members of the body, would end up at the gates of Heaven only to be turned away because they failed to be about our Father’s business.
This issue has become a serious epidemic in the church and this post is in no way my opportunity to condemn or disqualify anyone’s efforts. But, this is a reminder to the body, to not get caught up in trying to be a celebrity status saint who is always being busy doing everything that they were not called to do. Yes, your works may get you up the ladder and to the forefront, but your character and obedience to the will of God is what will determine if you stay there. So, be intentional and focus on the things that God has asked you to do. Don’t be busy; be about your Father’s business and walk in his will for your life.