If there were one word that could describe almost every person in the United States, it would be the word “busy”. We are busy, busy pursuing and working so that we can be the best and have the best. It is ok to strive for excellence, but busyness that derives itself from the belief that he who has the best and the most will be happy is a fallacy. Happiness does not come from the things busyness brings. Busyness for the sake of happiness only brings burden and bewilderment; the burden of always wanting more, even when we haven’t paid for what we already have, and the bewilderment of realizing that when we think we’ve found it, it’s gone.
Alexander the Great felt such burden and bewilderment. He was busy conquering the world and having done so, he wept in his tent because, he said, “There are no more worlds to conquer.” We may not be Alexander the Great, but if we believe that happiness will result from our busy pursuit of things, we will share the same end as he and myriads of others when it is gone.
Today in our present world, many have quickly come to this realization as their fortunes have been diminished and future plans of happiness curtailed. It goes to prove that it can all be gone tomorrow.
The Bible reminds us of this a Jesus said, “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?” – Mark 8:36. To gain the world is not fulfillment or happiness, it is profitless. God is not saying poverty is profit, just the pursuit of world and forsaking God. Jesus said: “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” – Matthew 6:24. Christ alone is where we find true happiness, and most importantly, hope for the present and a promise of the future.
Don’t wait until life’s end to sit and wonder where you missed out; be busy about knowing God, and serving Him today. Only then will you will be able to find true happiness.
Speaking of not missing out, Don’t miss out this weekend, October 13,14 and 15 as Taylor Creek Church remembers the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses nailed to the doors of the All Saints Church in Wittenberg. Come and hear church historian Douglas Bond (Bondbooks.com) remind us of this important event in history, and why it still matters. You can find out more at www.taylorcreekchurch.org under “Reformation Remembrance Conference” in the marquee.