Like me

I was a marginal Christian for most of my life.

I mean there was never a time when I didn’t believe in God. But when asked to serve in the church, I usually said “no.” Too busy, I told myself. Yet when I quit making that excuse, my life started to change. It turned out there was time on my schedule after all. I even began to enjoy serving. I began to get glimpses into the riches of a life of faith.

I guess it’s not surprising that when I began sensing a call to pastoral ministry, a strong part of that call was to minister to busy professionals like I had been.

As a minister, I’ve found that one of the really important things I do is to counsel the folks who come to our church to be married.

Most of them are busy professionals, just like me at their age.

Many are marginal Christians, just like me at their age.

They believe in God, but many say they’re “too busy” to go deeper just like me at their age.

Jesus, talking about his impending death and resurrection, said in John 12:24, “Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”

The whole Christian faith depends on the one who dies to be raised again.

The same is true of our faith. We can climb the ladders professionals climb and think that’s the point of life. And so we need to die a little to our busy selves. Otherwise we can go on for years, doing the things busy people do, and miss the riches of a life of faith.

A wise person once said, “Nobody on their deathbed ever said, “I wish I had spent more time in the office.”

“Lord, give me the words to convey the gospel to busy people. Give them the wisdom to understand. Amen.”

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