Through the years I have heard countless excuses as to why Christians (including yours truly) are not more involved in church activities OR do not spend more time in the Word OR fail to attend more church services. In nearly 80% of cases, the excuse is the same - "I'M TOO BUSY!" Although this excuse is likely correct, does that mean that it is acceptable to God?
It has been suggested that Satan once called a worldwide convention of his demons. In his main address he said, "We cannot always prevent Christians from attending church, reading their Bibles, praying, or doing good works. But we might be able to LIMIT their participation in such activities and thus hinder their walk with their Lord.”
“HOW?” asked the demons.
“SIMPLY STEAL THEIR TIME”, came the reply. “KEEP THEM BUSY, BUSY, BUSY in the non-essentials of life or invent schemes to occupy their hours. Tempt them to spend, spend, spend and borrow, borrow, borrow. Persuade husbands to work 6 - 7 days a week (10 - 12 hours a day), and their wives to work as well in order to finance their empty lifestyles.
"And when they are not working, entice them to keep their TVs, DVD players and PCs going continually. Pound their minds with soap operas, game shows, news, weather and filth 24 hours a day. Fill their kitchen or coffee tables with magazines and newspapers. Flood their mailboxes with junk, catalogues, sweepstakes and false hopes. Invade their driving moments with obscene music and revealing billboards.
"Even in their recreation, steer them away from the spiritual. Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, concerts, and wicked movies.
“And if they find a few hours to meet for spiritual edification or Christian fellowship, involve them in controversy, gossip and small talk so that they leave with ill feelings, troubled consciences… or nothing at all."
“Just keep them BUSY, BUSY, BUSY with the trivial and the material! It will work; just wait and see!"
It was quite a convention. Immediately afterwards the eager demons went to work, encouraging Christians everywhere to be BUSY, BUSY, BUSY with inconsequential matters. Subsequently, Satan has achieved countless victories through this simply but effective strategy!
Although the “convention” mentioned above is obviously fictional, it does represent one of Satan’s most deadly tactics in distracting us from spiritual matters. May we heed the message:
B - Being
U - Under
S - Satan's
Y - Yoke
Are you TOO BUSY?
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)
Jesus, always Jesus!