Get busy living!

by Randy Roper, preaching minister

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved (Ephesians 2:4-5).

In some ways, I feel like I have been paralyzed by this pandemic. Because so much in our everyday lives has changed, it’s been a bit of a challenge to find my footing. When it all began, many of us shifted into high gear and tried to adapt and press on to keep pace. We thought we were running a sprint.

Turns out, it’s a marathon.

The new normal everyone seemed to anticipate coming soon has been delayed by the actual normal we find ourselves in right now. Middle ground. The proverbial light at the end of the tunnel seems to be getting smaller and smaller because the tunnel is getting longer and longer.

Maybe the key to finding our footing is to just keep moving forward. When I consider the long road ahead, it is tempting to settle into idleness. To emotionally and spiritually “bunker down” and ride out the storm of this pandemic. Turn inward.

But if we allow this major interruption to immobilize us, we may be missing out on unique and God-given opportunities to serve others, battle injustice, make disciples and advance the work of God in our world. As my wife sometimes reminds me, we don’t want to look back on this unusual time with regret that we didn’t do more.

So, rather than settle into idleness, let’s choose to be active. Don’t let the prevailing climate of uncertainty silence the call of God on your life. Embrace the uncertainty as a unique opportunity to think outside the box, to find innovative and meaningful ways to be an ambassador of Christ.

Keep putting one foot in the front of the other. As Hebrews 10:24 urges, keep moving toward love and good deeds, and spur others on toward that same goal.

In a highly dramatic scene in the movie The Shawshank Redemption (TV version, of course), the main character, Andy, declares to his buddy and fellow inmate, “I guess it comes down to a simple choice—get busy living or get busy dying.”

It’s true, we get to choose.

Maybe it’s time for us to get busy living as God calls us to live, no matter what challenges and obstacles we find in our way. Remember, God overcame sin and death, and made us alive in Christ.

Embrace the life God has given you!

Guess it comes down to a simple choice. We can either get busy serving or we can get busy sitting. We can either get busy working or we can get busy whining. We can either get busy living or we can get busy dying.

Which will it be?