March 15, 2015 “The One Thing Necessary” is part 9 in the series on Busyness.
There are a lot of things clamoring for our deepest heart and life attention. They end up dragging us away from what we most want to be about in life. What are the evidences that we’re among those being pulled away from what matters most? What does Jesus do to bring us back?
Key Quotes and References:
John Piper remembering his high school days in the 1960s: “I didn’t want a minimal life. I didn’t want to live on the outskirts of reality. I wanted to understand the main thing about life and pursue it.” (Don’t Waste Your Life, p. 14)
Henry Nouwen on the way anger works in Pastors (and maybe some of the rest of us): “Anger…seems close to a professional vice in the contemporary ministry. Pastors are angry at their leaders for not leading and at their followers for not following. They are angry at those who do not come to church for not coming, and angry at those who do come for coming without enthusiasm. They are angry at their families, who make them feel guilty, and angry at themselves for not being who they want to be. This is not an open, blatant, roaring anger, but an anger hidden behind the smooth word, the smiling face, and the polite handshake. It is a frozen anger, an anger which settles into a biting resentment and slowly paralyzes a generous heart. (Way of the Heart, p. 23-24)
Kevin DeYoung: “[B]eing with Jesus is the only thing strong enough to pull us away from busyness…. We won’t say no to more craziness until we can say yes to more Jesus. We will keep choosing dinner rolls over the bread of life. We will choose the fanfare of the world over the feet of Jesus. We will choose busyness over blessing. It is not wrong to be tired. It’s not wrong to feel overwhelmed. It’s not wrong to go through seasons of complete chaos. What is wrong … is to live a life with more craziness than we want because we have less Jesus than we need.” (Crazy Busy, p. 117-118)
March 15, 2015
Pastor Chuck Jacob