“Now it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had builded the wall, and that there was no breach left therein; (though at that time I had not set up the doors upon the gates;) That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come, let us meet together in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But they thought to do me mischief (harm). And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?”Nehemiah 6:1-3
It has often been said that “good” is the enemy of “best” and what may seem good is not always the best. There is no work like God’s work, and there is a great work to be done if we will allow Him to use us. The world offers all kinds of distractions and things that pull us away from the things that are most needful and hold eternal value. We have cell phones that allow access to many things including social media, games, and endless searches on the internet. There is no longer the library of hard copy encyclopedias, but everything is contained in a small phone. We have more channels than we could ever have imagined, and even with that we have a hard time finding something good to watch. Sports is played year round and when our favorite team’s season ends, our other favorite team from another sport starts. We have plenty of distractions that surround us, but we will tell anyone who will listen that we are too busy to read our Bible or pray. Are we truly too busy or is our mind occupied with the things we consider more important than others?
I recently had lunch with a friend, and we were talking about serving as a deacon as we have an upcoming deacon nomination process coming up. He was telling me the demands of the job of being a deacon, and how some will not accept the nomination as they state they are too busy. I nodded my head in agreement, but I also countered that we make time for the things that are important to us. We will not sacrifice our hobby or leisure time, but we will sacrifice our Bible reading or even refuse to get involved in God’s work in our local church. We simply will not give up the things we want to do to commit to the work God has called us to do. We value the things of this world more than we value the things that will last forever, much like a kid who values a nickel more than a dime because of the size of the currency. My mother-in-law often tells my wife and I that we are too busy, but I have a hard time saying no to doing the work of the Lord as I feel He has led those people to ask me to get involved in His work.
I know there will come a day when my life will end and I will regret the time I wasted and the work I did not do that He called me to – the time I wasted on social media, and the time I spent worrying about my beloved Suns and Sun Devils – the souls I could have influenced but I chose to do a lesser work instead. God has called each of us to “build a wall” for Him in His work, but there are many who are too busy doing other things or simply feel there is another work for them to do which yields no eternal rewards. We are all given the same 24 hours per day and it is up to us how we will choose to use those hours. Time is a gift from God, and we will all will give an account for what we did in those precious hours He has given us. There will be those who desire to pull us away from what is good instead of encouraging us to do what is best. Satan will desire to distract you in every way possible, even in things that are not wrong per se, but in things that are great time wasters and take you away from the great work God has called you to.
Is there a great work God has called you to that you have put on the back burner? Have you told God that you are too busy to do His great work even though there are hours that you have assigned to doing your precious hobbies? You may tell others you are too busy, but will you be able to tell God on judgement day that you were truly too busy? We all make time for the things we find important, so is there anything more important that the Lord’s business? Do you think of His work as great work or do you view that work as optional participation? There are souls He has called you to reach and saints He has called you to minister to. Will you have compassion on others such as He had or will you ignore the call to tend to other work instead? There is no greater work than God’s work, and God has a way to make us pause when we feel we are too busy. What will it take to get your attention? May we not be distracted from doing the great work God has called us to, and may we strive to hear, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”