A seminary professor had a class of 15 students who were preparing for Christian ministry. At the beginning of one of his classes, he distributed envelopes to the students with sealed instructions.
- Five students received instructions to proceed across the campus without delay. The directions read: You have 15 minutes to reach your destination. You have no time to spare. Don’t loiter or do anything else, or your grade will be docked.
- The next five students also received instructions to make their way across campus, but they were given 45 minutes to do so. …You have plenty of time, but don’t be too slow.
- The last five students received instructions to get to the other side of campus any time before 5:00pm, giving them about five hours to complete the assignment.
What the students didn’t know was that the professor had arranged for several drama majors from a nearby university to position themselves along the path that led across campus. The drama students were instructed to act as though they were suffering and in great need. One pretended to be homeless, in need of food and clothing. Another sat with his head in his hands, crying as if he had just experienced a terrible tragedy. Still another acted as if he were is desperate need of medical care.
You can imagine what happened as the Christian ministry students tried to complete their assignments:
- None of the students in the first group stopped to offer any help to the “needy people.”
- Only two students from the second group did.
- But all five students in the third group took time to stop and help.
In today’s hectic world, it’s no wonder that many people find it hard to do what God wants. Most of us are just too busy. But is that busyness simply an unavoidable part of modern living – or is it sin? Each of us has a choice of how we will live our lives. We can choose to make room for God and the ministry He has called us to – or we can choose other things…and not complete the assignment.
…in His grip.
1 John 2:17
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Too Busy by Wayne Rice
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