“I am Not the Christ” – A needed confession for those who try to do it all.

I am enjoying an easy advance reader copy of “Crazy Busy” by Kevin DeYoung. I plan to use his forthcoming book due out late September to lead a small group discussion. For today, let’s take Kevin’s advice and confess with John the Baptist:

And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” (John 1:19, 20)

There is a big difference between caring and doing. We should care about many things in the world, but caring does not mean that I must do something about it. I can do some things, but not all things. Not even Jesus did everything that could have been done. This is not a call for indifference or negligence but rather a call for resting in Christ and not in your own strength.

What area in your life at this very moment needs this confession? Besides, it’s Friday!

Keeping An Appointment to Not Be Busy

Quoting Mark 4:19 where Jesus says that it’s the cares of the world that is killing my faith, today, I will not care about the cares of this world. Kevin DeYoung, in his forthcoming book, “Crazy Busy,” says,

“For most of us, it isn’t heresy or rank apostasy that will derail our profession of faith. It’s all the worries of life. You’ve got car repairs. Then your water heater goes out. The kids need to see a doctor. You haven’t done your taxes yet. Your checkbook isn’t balanced. You’re behind on thank you notes. You promised your mother you’d come over and fix a faucet. You’re behind on wedding planning. Your boards are coming up. You have more applications to send out. Your dissertation is due. Your refrigerator is empty. Your lawn needs mowing. Your curtains don’t look right. Your washing machine keeps rattling. This is life for most of us, and it’s choking the spiritual life out of us.” (pg. 29).

So today I leave my cares behind and spend the day with Cheryl in Chicago, walking, talking, picnicking, riding our bikes, napping, and going to one of Cheryl’s favorite places to eat:

It’s not careless to not care so much, it’s trusting and resting in Christ’s finished work. I don’t have to do it all.

I’m out-a here!