Busyness vs. Abiding

grappe de raisin“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.”  John 15:4 (ESV)

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Last week, I reposted several devotions with the theme of busyness. Being too busy always adversely affects our walk with the Lord.

When we are too busy, we are focused more on doing than on being.

Both being and doing are necessary. But doing should flow out of being…not the other way around.

Resting in our position in Christ should form the basis for all we do.

But the world draws us in the opposite direction. The world wants our “doing” to be where we derive our sense of worth and significance. This drives us toward doing…and busyness.

Our walk with Christ can also be affected by emphasizing doing over being. We can become entrapped in the thinking that we are earning our salvation, or earning greater value in the eyes of our Lord through our many works.

God doesn’t save us or love us on the basis of what we do.

He loves us because we are His children.

We are especially prone to this mindset in the field of medicine. We love to talk about the number of hours we’ve had on call, our busy schedule, and how little we’ve slept.

We look at these things as “badges of honor”, especially when we are in our medical training. For a season, they are necessary…but we must remember that this busyness draws us away from our Lord.

Busyness may be a sign we are a better doctor…but it is not the sign of a better Christian.

In today’s verse, Jesus talks about abiding. He makes the critical point that the only way to bear eternal fruit is through abiding…being…in Him.

Only the works that arise out of our abiding…our being with Him…will last into eternity.

All the other fruit will perish.

What kind of fruit do you want to have at the end of your life? Baskets of worldly accomplishments…or fruit that arises from the Vine?

If we want fruit that arises from the Vine…we must make the effort to abide in the Vine.

Prayer: Lord, help me control my busyness so that I can abide in You…producing fruit that lasts into eternity.

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