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Mobilizing the Saints for Service

29. September 2017

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  —Dan and Miriam Dupuis

Beware the barrenness of a busy life,” warned Socrates. The words of the ancient Greek philosopher ring as true in our generation as they did in his. Spare minutes are filled with Facebook status updates, Instagram photo uploads, and Netflix series marathons. It seems that every few weeks the results of a new study are being published that point out the sad reality that we feel busier and busier while feeling less and less productive. Our generation puts flesh and bones on Thomas Edison’s penetrating observation that “seeming to do is not [necessarily] doing.”

Christians are not immune to the steady onslaught of temptations to unfruitful activity. The Bible warns us that “the discerning sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth” (Prov. 17:24). The Apostle Paul calls Christians to make “the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:16). Martha needed Jesus to point out to her that she “was distracted with much serving” (Luke 10:40). Busyness is one thing; fruitful labor in the Lord’s vineyard is quite another. Christians in positions of leadership and influence do well to keep this in mind as they spur others in the church on to exercise their gifts in the building up of the body of Christ.

Isn’t some busyness in life simply unavoidable? It is. And those in positions of leadership and influence in the church fall short when they are not sensitive to this reality. Even ...

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