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It hinders the Great Commission: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).
There are two ways to bring health to the body:
Christians should be very busy, always doing the work of the Father. The un-busy Christian is an oxymoron. We are supposed to be doing the work of disciple-making, but if someone stops the flow of this work by inserting the notion of “being a bother,” then the Great Commission comes to a halt.
All discipleship opportunities are messy—to varying degrees—and take time to resolve. Rather than seeing it as a bother, you should think of it as an opportunity to spread the fame of God.
As far as the busy disciple-maker, I have less respect for the non-busy Christian than the busy one. How could a Christian not be busy? A person’s busyness, assuming they know how to be “biblically busy,” should not deter anyone from asking for help.
I do realize that some people do not know how to “do busy well.” They are busy but scattered, disorganized, frenetic, afraid to say “no,” and without structure or a plan. Then there is “busy like Jesus,” which is a wholly-other kind of busy.
You can be busy like Jesus, and you can be busy like the culture; there is a difference—both quantitatively and qualitatively. Jesus was busy but strategic. For example, when someone tried to push his mother and brothers onto His calendar, He gave an other-worldly response: “Who is my mother and brother?”
His “quality of care” for His family did not diminish, as we see Him taking care of His mother at the cross. His quality of care increased as far as the scope (quantity) by meeting the needs of many more people than His family.
If the Christian is “rightfully busy,” he’s pneumatic (walking in the Spirit), enabling Him to make decisions that are illuminated by God, which keeps his priorities straight and his time managed. He dares to say “yes” or “no,” depending on what the need requires. Thus, the busy Christian must:
I don’t want folks making those decisions for me by not asking because they don’t want to bother me. It could be a sign of false humility:
It’s not their decision to make but the disciple-maker’s. Their quenching of the Spirit truncates the opportunities of the Spirit in the discipler’s life. If they have a need, God’s Word compels them to reach out to those they respect and have the competence to help them. If a person in need does not reach out,
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Rick Thomas leads a training network for Christians to assist them in becoming more effective soul care providers. RickThomas.Net reaches people around the world through consulting, training, podcasting, writing, counseling, and speaking.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology, and in 1991 he received a BS in Education. In 1993 he was ordained into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).