Busyness can be a ruthless dictator. There are things that we want to do, plan to do, or know we ought to do, but don’t because of our busy schedules. This can keep us from doing those things that matter most to God, including taking time to cultivate relationships and share the good news.

 

How do we bring balance to our busy lives? Jesus provides a perfect model. If anyone should have struggled with busyness, it was Jesus. After all, crowds followed Him everywhere and constantly demanded His time and attention. Yet Jesus remained balanced and perfectly accomplished His Father’s agenda.

 

We are not perfect like Jesus. We can learn a great deal, however, from Jesus’s teaching and lifestyle.

 

1. Jesus prioritized His relationship with His heavenly Father. Jesus took seriously the greatest commandment, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength” (Mark 12:30). He made time to spend with His Heavenly Father at the beginning of each day. He knew that God would direct His day and providentially provide evangelism opportunities.

 

2. Jesus focused on people. Jesus followed the second greatest commandment, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31) and made people His priority. When opportunities for ministry with individuals came, Jesus gave them His full attention. When the woman with the issue of blood touched His garment, Jesus discerned that God was at work. He gave the woman His undivided attention, even while traveling to another assignment. When our mind is focused on the person we are talking to, it helps us listen and honor the person as well as free us up to respond as the Holy Spirit directs. 

 

3. Jesus relaxed. Jesus worked hard, but also took time to rest, relax, enjoy a meal, spend time with friends, and pray. He allowed margin (breathing room) in His schedule. Don’t jam pack your schedule to the degree you have no room for recharging your batteries. Jesus had margin, so should we. But also, realize that some of your prime opportunities for evangelism may come during your downtime. Be prepared to share whenever God gives opportunity.


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