Busy But Not Barren
August 28th, 2012

Jesus said in, John 15:4-5 “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

Yesterday was a busy and a blessed day for me. For one, it was a Monday and I was home, not out of town preaching. That was a treat. The morning started early with several hours of Bible study and prayer. I had a pretty full schedule. The day began with two appointments and a counseling session. Then off to an appointment with our church’s banker. That was followed up with three counseling appointments in the afternoon. I met with several staff members, then made a bunch of phone calls. After some administrative tasks, I had to run to another appointment. When I got back to the office at about 5:00 PM I had an hour to get ready for a deacons meeting. A good deacons meeting came to an end a little after 8:00 PM. Our church sure has some fine men who serve as our Deacons. I ran home to get some farm chores done. I Had to work on a couple of chain saws. I enjoyed some fellowship and a bite to eat with my precious wife before a few more phone calls and some phone texts and then got in bed about 11:30 PM.

I don’t normally chronicle my daily schedule for folks but there is a reason I wanted to share this with you. For far too long, many conservative Christians and Churches have worn themselves out performing. By that I mean, we are so worried about what others think of us that we are more focused on our Image than we are our Integrity. Christian Stop Performing! My job is to be busy for Christ but my Ministry For Him should never take the place of my Intimacy With Him. Abiding In Christ is my primary resource to keep me Busy without my life becoming Barren. Quit trying to impress people and just be a real and authentic Christian.

Our church memory verse for this week is Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. “ This is the 35thmemory verse that our church family has memorized so far this year. As I meditated on that verse all day yesterday, I can testify that God truly does reward those who diligently seek Him. He does it with not only prosperity but also peace, purpose, perception, and power. Christian Stop Performing! Our life is not supposed to be as complicated as we make it. I think Micah 6:8 pretty well sums it up, “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”