too occupied

"Every age has its own characteristics.  Right now we are in an age of religious complexity.  The simplicity which is in Christ is rarely found among us.  In its stead are programs, methods, organizations and a world of nervous activities which occupy time and attention but can never satisfy the longing of the heart."

– AW Tozer, The Pursuit of God (Christian Publications, 1948), 17

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

4 thoughts on “too occupied

  1. You ask a great question, S-M. I remember being a kid and believing in Jesus. It was so beautiful, so simple. I just accepted and trusted and knew.
    Not always, but there are still days now when I have that same sort of faith. I can’t create it… it’s just an innocent passion that envelops your soul and causes you to see things in a different way. Instead of see the world through lenses of brokenness and trying to fix everything with complicated strategies, an innocent faith just seems to cry out or laugh or revel with God.
    My daughter made me sit down yesterday while she made an imaginary cup of tea. Her conversation with me was so incredibly innocent and trusting and as if there was nothing else in the world except that moment right there. I need to approach God like that more often I think.

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  2. great quote Ken – it hits exactly on a lot of the thoughts that have been spinning through my head and really ties in with some amazing conversations I’ve had recently on how to get back to the basics of a relationship with Christ in the midst of trying to also figure out your place in the church and the ministries you should be involved in. How do we take away the complexities of the religion that surrounds us and return to “the simplicity which is in Christ” so that we can satisfy the longings of the heart? and (re)discover what it’s like to be walking in a true relationship with Him. My mind is racing. Thanks Ken

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