The parables in scripture hold a special place in my spiritual development. While we usually think of parables in connection with the teaching of Jesus, there are other parables in scripture that can also inform the spirit. One in particular, found in I Kings, has spoken to me in a compelling manner. “So the prophet departed and waited for the king by the way, disguising himself with a bandage over his eyes. And as the king passed, he cried to the king and said, “Your servant went out into the midst of the battle, and behold, a soldier turned and brought a man to me and said, ‘Guard this man; if by any means he is missing, your life shall be for his life, or else you shall pay a talent of silver.’ And as your servant was busy here and there, he was gone.” The king of Israel said to him, “So shall your judgment be; you yourself have decided it.” Then he hurried to take the bandage away from his eyes, and the king of Israel recognized him as one of the prophets. And he said to him, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Because you have let go out of your hand the man whom I had devoted to destruction, therefore your life shall be for his life, and your people for his people” (1 Kings 20:38-43 ESV).
The phrase I want to call to attention to is, “And as your servant was busy here and there, he was gone”. Being busy and doing the task assigned to us can be miles apart. Too many religious folks equate being busy in the church with doing the will of the Lord. No so! Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord’, have we not prophesized in Your Name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me you who practice lawlessness!” (Matthew 7:21-23 NKJ).
Our charge is to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. His will must be our highest priority – anything less is just ‘busyness’. Charles Swindoll says, “We are often so caught up in our activities that we tend to worship our work, work at our play, and play at our worship.” Even as the man in the parable lost his life by being too busy to keep his primary charge, so we can lose our souls while all the time being busy doing “stuff”, even religious “stuff”.
Prayer: Lord Help Me Keep The Main Thing The Main Thing!
May I Never Be So Busy That I Fail To Do Your Will.
~ Brother Roy