Text: 1 Kings 20:38-43
“While your servant was busy here and there, he was gone.” Then the king of Israel said to him, “So shall your judgment be; you yourself have decided it.” (1 Kings 20:40)
Do you know that being busy can have negative consequences if you don’t do it wisely? In 1 Kings 20:40, the king’s response to the prophet captures this message:
“…But I had other things to do, sir. While I was doing them, the prisoner escaped.” (EASY) “…But I got busy doing one thing after another and the next time I looked he was gone.” (MSG)
To avoid negative consequences, you must prioritize wisely. First, prioritize your relationship with God, then your family, ministry, career, or business (Matt 6:33). If you prioritize your ministry or business over your family, you may regret it later in life. Adam received clear instructions from God on how to sustain his relationship with Him and continue enjoying blessings (Gen 2:16-17). He was to teach his wife, who was not made by then. As a husband, your wife is your first ministry, then your children, and then others (1 Tim 3:4-5, 11). When Adam got too busy tending the garden and neglected his role as a pastor, priest, and teacher of his family, the serpent took advantage of Eve, his wife. Adam lost God’s glory, his authority, his peace, and even the garden that kept him so busy!
Don’t get so busy that you lose your spouse or children to evil advisers, friends, or the internet. Don’t lose your health while looking for wealth. Don’t lose eternity while seeking earthly relevance. Whether married or unmarried, prioritize wisely so that you won’t regret it later in life.
1. Father, help me to prioritize wisely, putting You first, then my family, ministry, job/business, in Jesus’ name.
2. Father, please restore everything that escaped my life when I got too busy, in Jesus’ name.
1. To get so busy living and not make a life is foolishness and misplaced priorities.
2. I won’t be too busy for the people and things I don’t want to lose.