Are We Too Busy to Care for the Lost?



“For if I preach the gospel, I have no reason to boast, because I am compelled to preach — and woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” 1 Corinthians 9:16


To be busy has now become a status symbol. How are you? Busy. I can’t think of any conversation I’ve had in recent years where busyness hasn’t been discussed. Busyness is even almost considered what we could call a “humble brag”.  I recently read Kevin Deyoung’s book, Crazy Busy, and in reading the book, I was not only convicted because maybe I actually do have too much on my plate at times, but my motivation behind the things I take on have been unknowingly self-serving and prideful.

One thing that is heavy on my heart is that I haven’t been burdened. Yes, I work in ministry, write about Christian things, and every weekend I lead our congregation in singing. This being said, my ministry sometimes has become routine that the burden for the lost has gone wayside. God began to wreck my heart. I began to wonder, when is the last time I spent significant time in prayer for those that are lost? Am I compelled to share the Gospel when given the opportunity, or do I pat myself on the back for being fluent in Christianese? I feel I am probably not alone. Where is our burden for the lost? Are we compelled to pray? Are we intent behind our motivations in everything we do?

Charles Spurgeon once said, “If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.”

This is my burden and will be my prayer. Will you join me? Or are you too busy to be burdened?


Father, thank You for Your mercy. Forgive me when I am so busy I forget to step outside of myself. Give me a sense of urgency to share the Gospel with those around me. Help me to pray for the lost, and help me to be faithful to every opportunity You give me. Amen.

Your Turn

Take some time to pray for those that are lost in your community. How can we share the Gospel with those around us?

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Chelsi Woods is the coffee-loving Content Manager for Whole Magazine and a writer for the Reformed Outlook. She is a Jesus-loving, tattooed soccer mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed 12-year-old girl and “Choo-Choo” to a 9-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece. Her hobbies include communicating in gifs, playing guitar, and bad dad jokes. Chelsi’s passionate pursuit is to teach women solid, Biblical truths focused on spiritual growth, loving God with our minds, all while glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.