The Problem of Being Busy

Are you busy? Probably, it seems we are all busy all the time.  We like to judge if we are working hard by being busy. There is a huge problem that comes from us being busy all the time, however. You see, we are told in scripture about a whole lot of “one anothers”. We are to support, care for, love, help and carry burdens for one another. We are too be there and support one another and be knit together into the body of Christ. Are we doing the things we should do as His body?  How does our busyness effect that?

We see in Acts that all the believers were together daily. They worshiped together every day, they prayed together, ate together and supported one another. They devoted time and energy to one another. The problem that comes with being so busy is that it takes the time away from being together with one another. Most of the things that keep us busy are devoted mostly to ourselves. We are busy with our jobs, hobbies, duties and obligations, projects, family, so on and so on. We are so focused on ourselves and doing what is good for us that we have become too busy to maintain and build relationships.  I don’t doubt that many of us are busy with good things, Church work, sermon prep and doing what is good and profitable, but have we over committed ourselves?

Sometimes church keeps us so busy that we forget to be the church. We spend so much time doing, setting up chairs, making coffee, writing or editing or making copies and preparing that we forget to do what we are suppose to be doing. We spend so much time on the other pursuits that we forget that we are called to be with one another. We are so busy with the tasks that we forget to love and care for one another. We are ok bring 8 of 10 people along because we’ve forgotten it’s all about the people.

Are you too busy? Could be it’s a sin in your life and you need to find a way to not be so busy?  I am not in a place to judge that for you, but you are.  Maybe we each need to find a way to connect and grow with others into the body of Christ. Perhaps we should stop doing church and be the church, and take an example from Acts, be together. Be united and be less busy.


  1. says

    DeYoung recently wrote a pretty good little book called “Crazy Busy”–makes the argument that the problem isn’t busyness, necessarily, but being busy with the wrong things.

  2. CLAllen says

    I watched a movie, Johnny English , starring Rowan Atkison, that involved political conspiracy about controlling England. Kidnapping the Archbishop of Canterbury was central to the plot so there was a religious angle. Since this was a comedy, there was a sign that said “Jesus is Coming. Look busy”. I googled this phrase and discovered that you could by T-shirts and paraphernalia imprinted with this phrase. George Carlin also used this phrase in his act. When I first saw the phrase in the movie I thought ” Well, that’s rather snarky”. Then on another religious blog there was a post that discussed busy Christianity. This morning I come to SBC Voices and read a post discussing this directly. Being “busy” might be a problem when secular culture has noticed and makes sarcastic comments.

    • Greg Harvey says

      This is a great comment for lots of different reasons. But one of the reasons is this:

      Thinking back on my life, have I ever chosen the appearance of “busyness” over “obedience”? Yes.

      How often? Well…I’d rather not say…

  3. Jess says


    Great post. We live in a heat and eat, brown and serve, chill and pour world. We become much to busy at times, we want everything quick.

    We just need to take time to sit at the feet of Jesus. God first, family second, and church business somewhere on down the line.