Busy but Based

“The word of God increased and multiplied. And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had completed their service, bringing with them John, whose other name was Mark. Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off. So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John to assist them. [They went] through the whole island as far as Paphos.” Acts 12:24-13:6

Watching the early apostles go here and there, preaching, gathering their diverse teams, discussing, strategizing, packing and traveling, taking up new companions and dropping off others, we observe the multiplication of the churches and get caught up in the buzz of holy activity and numbers and busy-ness. We might miss the supernatural if we don’t pause, if we ignore the apostles’ ‘secret sauce.’ They regularly were still before their God. They worshiped, fasted, prayed, always basing their next steps on God’s leading. They listened for instruction, sensed the movement of the Spirit, were always willing to speak when He gave opportunity, to go when He said go, and stay or wait when He said no. (Acts 16:6-10)

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We busily go about our duties and activities, some in God’s flow and under His explicit direction, some in and under our own. The Lord does His work in our days, wonder upon wonder, but we often fail to see it, because in the flesh, we get frenetic with responsibilities, going and doing, fixing and fussing, planning and meeting, preparing and packing and getting on the road again. Unless we make time with Him a priority, our first thing, we may be breathing heavy with no air, toiling with no fruit, missing out on what He has for us and what He is already doing. When we base every day and choice on Him, we can face the details, the distance, the light or the darkest storm, with confidence, peace, and purpose. Busy begets frenzy, based begets fruitfulness. (Isaiah 29:14; Habakkuk 1:5; John 15:5; Acts 13:41)

Where have we lost grounding and focus? It’s not always in or because of the big things.  Great movements of God can be undermined by small areas of distraction, flesh temptations, casual gossip, missed warnings or opportunities. We must beware the little foxes, and be vigilant in moments, not just days. (Song of Solomon 2:15)

Lord, keep my mind set on the things of God, not of man, on things above, not things of the earth. In all You call and lead me to do, may I ever be before You. Base my schedule in Your calendar, my efforts in Your power, my every motivation and desire in Your Spirit and truth. (Mark 8:33; Ephesians 5:15-17; Colossians 3:1-2)

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