Here is something that I read recently on how people can become busy, busy, busy.
"Satan called a world-wide convention. In his opening address to his demons he said: ‘We can't keep Christians from going to church. We can't keep them from reading their Bibles. But we can do something else. We can keep them from having an intimate relationship with Christ. If they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them will be broken. So let them go to church, let them have their fundamental doctrines, let them have their conservative lifestyles, but steal their time, so they can't develop that intimate experience in Jesus Christ. This is what I want you demons to do. Distract them from getting hold of their Saviour.
His demons asked: ‘How shall we do this?’
Satan said, ‘Keep them busy in the nonessentials of life. Invent numerous schemes to occupy their minds. Tempt them to spend and spend and borrow and borrow. Convince the wives to go to work and the husbands to work 6 or 7 days a week, 10-12 hours a day, so they can keep up their high-living lifestyles. Keep them from spending time with their children. As their families fragment, very soon their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of work.
Overstimulate their minds so that they cannot hear Jesus talk to them. Entice them to play the radio or cassette player with music whenever they drive, and to keep the TV or their video-tapes or their CDs playing constantly, in their homes. And see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays music constantly.
Fill their coffee tables with magazines and newspapers. Pound their minds with the news, 24 hours a day. Invade their driving moments with bill boards. Flood their mailboxes with junk mail: sweepstakes, mail order catalogues, and every kind of newsletter and promotion offering ‘free' products, services, and false hopes.
Even in their recreation let them be excessive. Have them return from their family vacation exhausted and unprepared for the coming week. Don't let them go out for a walk in nature. Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, concerts and movies instead. And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences and unsettled emotions.
Allow them to witness for Christ. But crowd their lives with so many good causes that they have no time to seek for power from Christ. Soon they will be working in their own strength, sacrificing their health and family unity – all for the good of their cause.’
And the demons went eagerly to their assignments, causing Christians everywhere to become busy, busy, busy and to rush here and there.
Has the devil been successful at his scheme? You be the judge.
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon