Surrender, defined as "to cease resistance to an enemy or opponent and submit to their authority," is a crucial notion when it comes to recovering from addiction to busyness.
When we choose to surrender or abandon ourselves entirely to God, this means that we value our time spent and relationship with Him as far more significant than with anything else. Idols have a sneaky way of coming into our lives as good things: relationships, jobs, opportunities, fun trips. However, when they become the focus, obsession, and completion of our lives, above anything and anyone else, that's disobedience to God.
As the perfect example, Jesus prayed to God to take away His burdens before His crucifixion, but that the Lord's will be done above all. It was God's will that Jesus died the way He did to save us from our sins, but that came at the surrender of the one willing to die in that horrific manner. We must be ready to die to ourselves, take up our crosses, and follow Him in surrender as Jesus did.
"And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” (Mark 14:35-36, ESV)
"And he said to all, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23, ESV)
Usually, people who are "busy" do not have free time in their schedules. Running from place to place, their inability to rest for more than five minutes is absurd.
As we become intentional with unscheduling our busyness, it's essential to schedule time alone with God instead of 500 "busy" activities.
It's good to be involved, volunteer, and serve others, but always remember to make time for God first.
Luke 14 recounts this example in the Parable of the Great Banquet. We must be ready and waiting for the Lord's return, and that starts by spending daily, nourishing, and fulfilling time with Him.
"When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, "Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 14:15, NIV)
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