I don’t think any of us can’t remember some point in our recent past when someone inquired what we were up to, and we replied with a detached response, ‘Oh nothing’. The thing is although we didn’t intentionally tell an untruth necessarily, our analysis of our action or inaction, was woefully inaccurate.
Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a person sows he will also reap, because the one who sows to his flesh will reap destruction from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit.
Galatians 6:7-8 (CSB)
We constantly are sowing seed of some sort all the time. We never find ourselves ‘not doing anything at all’. From the time we are conceived till the time our bodies have decayed into dust, we are always doing something, regardless of how busy or restful that action is.
Why do we deceive ourselves in such a manner as to respond that we aren’t doing anything at all? Perhaps it is because we really don’t wish to be committal in our response to the one making the inquiry into our activity. We could be trying to hide what we are doing for ‘privacy reasons. Maybe we just don’t want to engage in the obvious attempt by someone to inject themselves into a conversation with us.
Life as we know it is a constant state of action, despite our perception that we wish, or even can be actually doing nothing, this bubble of ‘space-time’ God has prepared for us here is a linear conveyance, propelling us from our beginning to a predetermined jumping off point at which we will find ourselves at our eternal destiny.
We can’t rewind it, we can’t extend it, we can’t press pause and sit there doing nothing at all.
What Are We Doing?
Immediately following the passage above are these two verses that make another point.
Let us not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith.
Galatians 6:9-10 (CSB)
Since we are doing something all the time, it would only make sense to use that time we have to be doing something positive. Sure, we need time to rest and regenerate, that is integral to the design God patterned us from.
But there is a positive result when we seek to plant seeds of goodness and compassion, the scripture tells us that we are to do these things with a passion!
Whatever your hands find to do, do with all your strength, because there is no work, planning, knowledge, or wisdom in Sheol where you are going.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 (CSB)
When we exit this bubble of space-time that we refer to as life, we enter into a phase of existence that has no labor, we will not make plans, knowledge will be complete, God’s understanding will be imparted to us constantly for we will know as we are known; if we are secure in our redemption.
For those outside of grace, again, no work, planning, all that they know will be pain and suffering, and the wisdom of their condition will be that while they were still in that bubble they should have entered into a relationship with the Creator, Redeemer, and Savior, for at that point it is far too late.
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known.
1 Corinthians 13:12 (CSB)
The interim time we spend in the bubble, we should be seeking to make it our primary directive to be pleasing to the Lord in what we speak, do, and think.
So we are always confident and know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. In fact, we are confident, and we would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. Therefore, whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to be pleasing to him.
2 Corinthians 5:6-9 (CSB)
The quest for ‘doing nothing’ is perhaps instilled in our design. God’s intended destination is for us to enter into a place where nothing will tire us, we will be doing something then as well, we will be in a constant state of worship and praise of God’s Glory. We will not only be somewhere, but we will also be something. We will be a part of that glory living in God, and God living in us. Complete unity with the Creator.
Now we command and exhort such people by the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and provide for themselves. But as for you, brothers and sisters, do not grow weary in doing good.
2 Thessalonians 3:12-13 (CSB)
The next time someone asks you what you’re up to, maybe you should respond with something like; ‘I’m planting the Lord’s garden’! Granted it might put some folks out of sorts, attempting to figure out how to respond to such a declaration, but they will know what your intent is, and you will have answered their inquiry.
While you’re at it, thank the Lord for giving you the tools to plant it!
In His Grace,