The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:35-36 (NRSV)
We think of ourselves as fairly free. But are we? Certainly, most of us are legal free to pursue life. But are we “free indeed?”
In many conversations, I hear the phrases, “if only,” “I have no choice,” and “I am so busy.” And, we are “fixin’” to get around to that diet, that visit, that project, that book, and, even God.
The world has conspired to keep us pressured by the urgent to the point that we forget what is significant. The urgent disappears without a trace only to raise up another urgent in an endless supply of pressing things. We come to believe that this is normal. The significant enriches life forever and allows us to draw upon it when our tank gets low. The urgent pushes for and demands our attention. The significant waits for an opening. For an invitation.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
When our focus is on God, the pressing loses its power over us. God assures us that what needs to get done by a disciple will be taken care of.
Vow today to get off the urgent-go-round and eagerly seek the significant. Make choices that invigorate you. Sure, we will need to attend to some urgent things, but let them be the exception rather than the unconscious rule.
God waits. And so does life.