We’re all so busy. When someone asks you how you are, I bet at least one of your common answers is, ‘Busy!’ In fact, ‘Busy!’ has become such a standard response that we now need to put modifiers in front of it just to convey the desired sense: ‘Really busy,’ ‘Super busy,’ ‘Crazy busy.’ Just saying ‘busy’ doesn’t communicate anything anymore—everyone’s busy!
Crazy busy. That’s how we feel. Work. School. Uni. Family. Friends. Housework. Our lives are just full, all the time, with things to do. How did we get this way? And how do we get un-busy? How do we go from frantic to okay? From stressed to sustainable?
That’s what we’ll be looking at over the next three weeks in our new mini-series, ‘Crazy Busy.’ We’ll be looking at what God has to say about our busyness and how the gospel can help us in it. Because make no mistake: God’s goal for us is rest. The whole Bible points towards it. On the seventh day of creation, God rested from all his work because he’d done everything he had to do. The goal of creation was rest. When Israel was given the land of Canaan, it was so they would have ‘rest’ from their enemies. When God describes heaven in Hebrews 4, he calls it ‘rest.’ God’s goal for creation is not unending striving, but rest.
That doesn’t mean that ‘rest’ equals ‘inactivity’. The God who has been ‘resting’ since the seventh day of creation (Hebrews 4:3-4) is also constantly at work (John 5:17). He may be at rest in his work of creation, but he is still at work in both sustaining and redeeming it.
And we share in that second work of redeeming creation. We work in the ‘work of the Lord’ (1 Corinthians 15:58). The Christian life is a busy one. There is much to do to see people made and matured as disciples. That’s part of the reason why we’re so busy—crazy busy—and that’s no bad thing.
But at the same time, we are also called to rest, and an attitude of restful trust, even in the midst of that work. Jesus says:
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
And he means it. How we can both work hard for the gospel and rest well in the gospel will be our topic for the next three weeks.
As such, it will be a brilliant series to invite friends to. Busy-ness and stress is such a huge problem in our culture and people are crying out for answers to deal with it. Little do they know Jesus offers them real hope—not just in the practicalities of stress, but much more in the deeper heart issues that so often drive it. He offers them rest: both now, in the tumble of everyday life, but more importantly rest with him in eternity. Why not invite someone along who needs a rest?