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Thoughts on "Being busy" by Rob Bell


Mark 1v35-38

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark,

Jesus got up, left the house

and went off to a solitary place,

where he prayed.

Simon and his companions went to look for him,

and when they found him,

they exclaimed:

"Everyone is looking for you!"

Jesus replied,

"Let us go somewhere else, to the nearby villages,

so I can preach there also.

That is why I have come."

Rob Bell reflects

on how people tend to say 'Yes' to everything

and become too busy;

"There's this whole village that wants him to stay

and he basically says,

"No, got to go."

There's this opportunity

to do so much good,

help so many people,

and he turns it down.

Jesus doesn't do everything."

Luke 18v31

Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them,

"We are going up to Jerusalem,

and everything that is written by the prophets

about the Son of Man will be fulfilled.

He will be delivered over to the Gentiles.

They will mock him, insult him and spit on him;

they will flog him and kill him.

On the third day he will rise again."

"You begin to get the sense after a while

that Jesus is headed somewhere

and that 'somewhere' is Jerusalem.

Now it's not like he is some kind of preprogrammed robot

who has no control ove his life.

He gets interupted along the way.

Actualy, a lot of his teachings

are his responses to the questions that people ask him along the way.

But he can't be everything to everybody."


"He has a compass.

He has an orientation.

He has a way to orient his life, a path that he's on.

He is very clear on what his life is about.

Do you have a hard time saying no?

Or perhaps there's a better question,

what is it that you have said yes to?

Because you can't say no

until you've said yes to something else."


"You never see Jesus doing anything out of obligation.

You never hear him saying

'Oh, I guess I should because I'm supossed to.'"


Rob Bell: Nooma DVD 020 "Shells."


Rob Bell is an author and the founding pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church

located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Nooma DVD 020 trailer