Hustle and bustle is the tune we all hear on a constant basis day in and day out. People strive and climb the mountains of success and accomplishments with little rest between them. “You have to be a hustler!” Is the cry of the world as the desire for money and fame press hard against us. But with all the hustle and bustle the question remains, “Should Christians live the hustle and bustle lifestyle?” In short, no. Let me explain.
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15 NKJV).
We are called as Christians to not love the world or the things in the world. Now many at this point begin to ask the question, “So, should Christians not have nice things?” Depends on how you look at it. Having nice things are a blessing from God, but if the things become an idle in our hearts and we love the blessings rather than the one who blesses, then the nice things are no good.
Enjoying things and loving things are two different things. We are called to praise the Lord for His blessings He bestows upon us. At the same time we are not to love these things, but rather simply enjoy them and utilize them to bring God glory. When we begin to love things we will ultimately begin to replace God with things. Simply put, have nice things, but love God.
Now at this point many of you are wondering what the heck does all this have to do with rest? I’m getting there, so bear with me a bit. We are called to not be like the world, but instead be a separate people unto the Lord. We are therefore called to be different from the world and being different means not partaking in the pattern that the world move about in.
Does this mean we shouldn’t work? Of course it doesn’t mean that. It means we shouldn’t over work and be busy bodies like the world. Does this mean we shouldn’t strive to succeed? Absolutely not! We should still seek to strive to be the best in Christ that we can be by following the calling of God upon our lives.
The difference between the world’s striving and Christian striving is that we strive by the pull of the Spirit and to please the Lord, while the world seeks to please themselves by the pull of their own fleshly desires. When we are living and walking in the Spirit we are then strengthened and empowered to pursue the will of God and enabled to succeed. We are also called to find time to rest and mediate and pray to Lord, and there we can find rest.
Another difference between the world’s way and the Christian way is the fact that the world is restless and adds more to their “to do” list enable to ease their minds from the anxious reality they live in. Christians are called to follow the path of God while being filled with the Holy Spirit who eases our minds and flows through us, directing us to things that the Lord has called us to do. Only when we begin to pursue more than what God has called us to do, do we become weary and restless.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30).
The world is constantly on the go in order to “bypass” the reality of life and death. There is no rest apart from Christ and there is no rest without the Spirit working in our lives. Let us move with the Spirit and not move ahead or add more than what has been called upon our lives. Let us seek to please the Lord above all else and glorify Him through the blessings, talents and passions He has blessed us with.