Abiding in the Lord will build us. It will train us.
Busyness will drain us.
When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.” (Ex. 32:1)
Formation of the spirit takes time. Formation of our lives takes longer. We want instant calling. Instant results. Instant harvest. We then equate that with “fruit.”
The sin of hurry is that we will often make trade-offs in the process and not realize the implications of that trade-off initially. We may be making new gods and bowing down to the results. For Israel, the golden calves were there… Moses was not.
Israel had spent over 400 years in slavery. Moses is taking about 40 days… and they’re impatient.
The hurried life to “success” can be a ticking time bomb in ministry. The rush to numbers is doing damage yet again in the Body of Christ. Ed Stetzer relates a story in this article where he observed that in 8 years following a speaking event at Saddleback Community Church, half the speakers at that event (who all had “numbers” and apparent “success”) were now out of ministry because of different types of failure.
It is no mistake in my reading today that I get this passage in Exodus and then a passage in Colossians where I am reminded yet again of what is so desperately needed in my own life:
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. (Col. 4:2)
I don’t have any of the markers of “success” laid out by current ministry standards. Yet, I do have the marks of hurry and busyness all over me.
Hurry is a sin. Abiding in Christ is life itself. Allow the Spirit to cultivate life… and allow that cultivation to happen at his pace.