You know the people Jesus turned away from following him were turned away because they were too busy with other things on their minds. Field to check out. Father to bury. Etc.
If people were too busy for Jesus then they certainly are today. While we don’t have Jesus directly walk up to us and ask us to follow him it is important to consider whether or not we are actually following him or if we are too busy with other things to give Jesus our attention.
In the parable of the sower there were seeds sown in areas that were rocky and full of thorns. I believe this has application to a life too busy for the gospel. We have made the decision. We followed the “Five Steps.” We sprung up quickly but we let other things rush in and distract us from Jesus.
Maybe it is team sports with our kids. Maybe it is work and maybe you use work as an escape or coping mechanism because you don’t want to be at home because things are stressful there.
How can we follow Jesus if our lives are too full of other things and our attention is so scattered that Jesus isn’t getting any of us?
This is really a discipline issue. We haven’t disciplined ourselves to say no. We haven’t disciplined ourselves to reserve time for who and what is most important. Maybe you need to write in your planner time for discipleship on a regular basis, that way when a competing event comes up you can check the schedule and see you already blocked off that time.