Pastor Scott J. Piper, Kuna Baptist Church

Is your busy life keeping you from what is really important?

We’ve all just come through a very busy time of year. We’ve attend the Christmas parties & concerts. We’ve purchased, wrapped and delivered our Christmas gifts. We’ve put up decorations and taken down decorations. We’ve even been “over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house” and we’ve returned. The Christmas rush is over, that is of course unless you live in one of those fancy neighborhoods which have regulations and you haven’t taken down your decorations yet. If fines are hanging over your head — the rush is still on.

With Christmas 2017 in the history books you would think that life would slow down a bit. But it hasn’t and it probably won’t. If you have kids in junior high and high school like I do, they are heading back to school to finish off the semester — finals week is just ahead. If you have children heading to college next year, it’s time to fill out the FAFSA.

It’s time for most Americans to dig out their receipts and financial records and get our taxes done. Add to that the normal everyday necessities of life like, going to work, doing household chores, heading to doctors appointments, etc. and you have a busy life! Even those of you who have retired and have raised your children can be busy. I’ve not retired, but I’ve heard from a number of retirees, “I don’t know how I ever had time to go to work, I’m busier now than I’ve ever been.”

But isn’t it interesting that we, as busy as we all are, find the time to do what we really want to do? The boss can be breathing down our neck for next year’s budget and we still find time to watch a football game or even sit through an all-day marathon of our favorite movie series. We find time to go skiing, four-wheeling, to play video games, to hang out with friends, to read a good book or anything else that we really want to do.

My point here isn’t to say that those things aren’t important. They are; we all need down time, especially when life is busy. My only point here is that even when life is busy we find time to do what we want to do. It’s really a matter of priority isn’t it? If we really value it, if we enjoy it, if we really want to do it, we find the time to make it happen. This dedication to our own entertainment can even complicate our already busy lives.

So when I ask, “Is your busy life, whether you are busy doing what has to be done or doing what you want to do, keeping you from what is really important?” You should probably be moved to ask, “What is important? “What am I missing?”

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The answer — the spiritual truths of God’s Word.

Many people, even religious, church-going people, fail to put a priority on their spiritual health. They understand the importance of putting food on the table, of paying the bills, of physical exercise and diet, of raising well-rounded disciplined children — but they ignore or place little importance on learning and living the truth.

Jesus alluded to where our priority should be. He said, “ … Seek ye first the Kingdom of God …” Solomon, one of the wisest men to ever lived, experimented with everything imaginable trying to find some meaning in life. And after trying it all, he concluded that the most important thing for human beings is to, “ … Fear God and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man …” In other words, your spiritual well-being should be a priority.

Many don’t believe God exists, or that if He does exist that He has removed Himself from or doesn’t really care about the affairs of man. Others believe there is a God but they make Him a God in their own image; they see Him as they want to see Him rather than studying Scripture to find out who He really is. Still others believe there are many ways to God, that God needs their help, that they can pick their path — even though Jesus made it very clear that He is the only way to have a relationship with God when He said, “… I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

As we start the new year it might just be a great time for you to put a priority on your spiritual health. None of us know what 2018 will hold. None of us know if we even have tomorrow. But God’s Word is clear, “It is appointed unto man once to die and after that the judgement.” (Hebrews 9:27)

Believe it or not, we all will stand before God someday. Where are you putting your priorities? Where are you laying up treasures? What to you believe? Does it line up with the Word of God? Finding out the answers to those question should be a priority for us all.


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