August 7th to the 13th this week I had a class taught by Missionary James Miyashita to Japan on personal Management. It was a good class. The books we read were “Do More Better” By Tim Challies and “Crazy Busy” by Kevin DeYoung. Both books I highly recommend. Probably the biggest thing I learned is that we as Christians cannot be overly busy. Yes, we need to be busy about doing what God has called us to do but you see that is the key. We often get side tracked by many things and we lose focus on what our main job is. Maybe it’s because we are prideful and want to please people and look good in front of them. Or we think we are God and can do it all but we can’t. Jesus Himself could not do everything and even He set Priorities in His life. Number one was to do the will of the Father and die for the sins of the world, and if it did not help Him accomplish that goal He didn’t do it. That is what you and I need to do. We need to look at what God has for us and when someone comes to us and asks us to do something, we need see if it helps us accomplish the will of God. But most importantly we need to make sure we don’t take on so much that it hurts our personal relationship with God. In Luke 10 we see the story of Jesus being at the house of Lazarus, Mary, and Martha. In verse 41 we see “And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:” How many of us can relate to being troubled with many things but what that brings is a strained relationship with our Savior. And as I learned, we need to do less so that we can focus more on being verse 39 people: “And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.”
Then on Sunday my church Vision Baptist Church had Levi’s Luau based off of Mark 2 were Levi is called and before leaving calls all his friends together to hear about Jesus. That is what we did. We invited all friends to hear about Jesus and have some BBQ. It was a great time.