There’s a story told about a doctor who rushed to the bedside of a patient one morning and said, “Please forgive me. I have been so busy I've not had chance to talk with you. I have some good news and some bad news.”

 

The patient replied, “Well, give me the good news first.”

 

The doctor answered, “You have about one month to live.”

 

The patient said, “Well, if that’s the good news, what’s the bad news?”

 

The doctor answered him, “I’ve been so busy! I should have told you three weeks ago.”

 

Busyness is an issue for all of us, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Busy people are often the most productive. But that busyness becomes an issue when it hinders us from talking to others about Jesus. Sometimes, our schedules become so full we have no time to heed His admonition, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matt. 4:19).

 

How do we overcome that busyness instead of letting that busyness crowd out our evangelism? Consider the following questions:

 

Have I asked God for His assistance? — Finding time to evangelize is like every other aspect of Christian living; God is not asking us to go it alone. To appropriately apply John 15:5, without Him you cannot overcome the bad part of busyness. Start with a simple prayer, “Jesus help me.”

 

How realistic am I being? — It’s probably not realistic to ask, “How can I take time out of my schedule for non-Christians?” The people who evangelize the most don’t take time out of their schedule; they work non-Christians into their existing schedule. Begin by thinking about the activities you typically do with Christians. Then choose to do some of those things with non-Christians instead.

 

Am I looking at everything in life from eternity backward? — What will matter most when we stand before Christ? Have we made sure the things valued by Christ are important to us as well? “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). Are we giving the lost the same priority He did?

 

What is the only thing that lasts? — The answer – people. Everyone will live forever; the only difference is where. Material things will pass away as God establishes a new heaven and a new earth. (Rev. 21:12) Hence, people need to take priority over possessions, which often occupy a large part of our busyness.

 

Will these four questions solve the worst of our busyness overnight? Of course not. But they will put us on the right path. Week by week you will make changes that help others and, most importantly, honor Him.


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