I think the thought contained in Selwyn’s introduction has been repeated a number of times – but, like all important issues, it need to be repeated to underline just how important it is.
He writes: ” … let us be quite clear what we are saying about this issue of busyness and activity. In themselves ,work and activity do not constitute a problem – they become a problem when we use them as an escape route to evade responsibility.” He goes onto say: ” … (we reason we need to ask) the Holy Spirit to show us what is going on in our hearts is because only God can cut through the layers of our personality and show us what is motivating us in that part of our being which is just below the level of awareness.”
In Hebrews 4:12-13 (NIV), we read: ” … For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”
I believe, as I’ve also said many times before, that we don’t have to stumble blindly through these issues, by ourselves. God loves us, so much, that He is always bringing to our attention, those aspects of our lives that He wants us to change – so that we might become more like Jesus. Do you agree?