I got up Sunday morning thinking it seems like the last thing people need is another sermon. We are so busy as a culture, and we have so much to do and did I really want to stand up and give people one more thing to do, one more rule to follow?
I keep thinking about how glad I am that all of our kids are grown up, all except the college sophomore. What I'm saying is we aren’t chasing them all over Texas as they play ball on Friday nights, or trying to remember that it’s our week to buy the soccer team snacks (back in the day Klaire’s team were the Ladybugs), those days are over, blah, blah, blah. No, instead we make day trips to Dallas to have lunch with my favorite barista (173 miles one way), try to connect with a busy executive (oldest daughter) that constantly flies between Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio, fit ourselves into the Presbyterian pastor’s (oldest son in Houston) hectic life and coordinate that with his wife and kid’s crazy calendar. Of course, there are the constant day trips to Houston Baptist (one of our happy places) to see the baby. The empty nest might be empty, but it’s full of frequent flyer road miles. My point is we are all busy, and too often busy-ness is a distraction to what really matters. If we were honest we would admit we worship the god of busy-ness, it makes us culturally cool to fill every minute of our day and week with something to do.
Jesus told a friend named Martha she was distracted and needed to focus only on one thing, Him. Here’s what people need to know, it’s what Jesus said in Matthew 22:37, “You shall the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Mark Batterson wrote a great book on this passage entitled, All In. This is a sermon that always preaches, be all in with God. If we will be all in we will filter out the busy-ness that distracts us. No, we don’t need another sermon, we need to start living the sermon. He told me to tell you that.