Time after time I have met Christians who do everything but spend time with God. Its not that they are bad Christians, or even that they want to be so busy, it is just that life is so busy and they have so much to do! Sometimes it boils down to a lack of self-discipline.
Christian children often go through the day like this. They start the day sleepy, and the time is rushing along so they don’t have time for anything but getting dressed, eating breakfast, packing school bags and going out the door. They spend all day at school, then they get home tired, hungry and not in the mood for anything spiritual. They grab something to eat, relax, and watch TV for a while.
Then comes dinner, dishes, more TV and maybe a computer game. Then comes homework, and some conversation, a bit more food, then Oh look at the time! Time to go wearily to bed, far later than planned, and then they see the Bible beside the bed. Maybe tomorrow…
The sad thing is, most of the things that keep Christians like this from spending time with God are good things. There’s nothing sinful about breakfast, school, homework, TV and so on. But what a trade-off. God waits patiently for time with His child, but it never happens. Too busy.
The Bible says : ‘And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in, choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful”. Mark 4:19 (King James version plus a slight change)