The Busy Signal

Luke 2:49-50 (NKJV)

“And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them.”

The Lord Jesus’ own family didn’t understand that the Lord was consumed with His Father’s business. So consumed that He remained in Jerusalem in the Temple, with the Jewish leaders.

In our day, we do have free time and we spend it as we see fit, but the Lord Jesus gave us an example.

That we should be so consumed with Him and His business that nothing else dare interfere.

We’re a free moral agent. Free to do as we please, but when we see 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, we see that we’re not our own and that we’ve been bought with or at a price.

Our perspective on the days allotted to us changes. The way we also live changes.

Psalms 39:4-5 (NKJV)

“LORD, make me to know my end,
And what is the measure of my days,
That I may know how frail I am.
Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths,
And my age is as nothing before You;
Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor.”

Perhaps the Lord Jesus knew that when He reached the age of 30, His days on earth were numbered and that He must get on with the business of the Father. Perhaps He had an awareness of the span of His life.

After all, remember He is God. And before He left heaven, the Father gave a commandment to Him of what to say. Remember. He is God. He was face to face with the Father. So everything that He did, each day, was specifically planned.

Right up to His last breath.

There’s no question in my mind that certain believers and ministers live just like this. In the sense that they’re so aware of the Father’s business, that they never squander a second.

Now we’re not the Lord Jesus, and we don’t know the end of our days. But we could be in such a place in the Lord that we strive to make every second count.

The Lord’s immediate family wanted to speak with Him, it’s not clear that He brushed them off.

But the point was made that He was so consumed that maybe, He had no time for family (see Matthew 12:46-50).

But self imposed isolation could be dangerous too. There has to be some balance. So never impose isolation unless the Lord directly imposes it upon you.

So don’t get mad when you hear the busy signal.

Yes, I know that sometimes the phone is off the hook, or they’ve never returned you call.

But back in the day, when a person didn’t want to be disturbed, they would remove the phone off the hook so that incoming calls wouldn’t disturb them. Today, we have smart phones where you can leave a text, a voice mail, or an email.

We put our phones on silence/vibrate.

If they get around to it, they’ll respond. That is if they haven’t powered off their phone altogether.

In some people’s lives, they’re so busy in their assignment, that they don’t even advertise what’s going on. Many people complain…………“Why didn’t you advertise it or tell anyone?”

Sometimes it’s good that you don’t because the “spiritual spooks” come out and mess it all up.

Or you go out to minister on the streets, and certain people just come to get in the way.

This is so annoying. People just don’t know how to leave well enough alone.

So you have to be unpredictable and move in such a way that people don’t deliberately get in the way. Even when you tell them not to bother, they show up and get in the way.

Any way. The hour has come that we’ll be so busy with the assignment that it’s like a busy signal to them. They’ll try to interfere and deter your movements. Sometimes, it’s a known tactic of the enemy.

“Get behind Me satan…”

In other words, “get out of My way.

We need to be so busy with what the Head of the church gave us to do, that there will be no need to advertise it. So busy that social media takes a back seat. So busy that nothing deters us from getting His business done.

Published by The Minister's Crucible

The Minister's Crucible is designed to inform the Body of Christ about the inner workings of the ministry. The word Crucible from Latin, is "crux" where we get the word "cross" from. It also means a "metal container" where metals and other substances are melted or are subjected to higher temperatures, put to the temperature test. The Lord Jesus said "If any man desires to follow after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me." Let's take up our cross and follow Him.

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