When a Chris­t­ian leader is too busy (with writ­ing, speak­ing, trav­el­ing, etc.) to spend time respond­ing to indi­vid­ual cor­re­spon­dence, then that per­son is too busy. Being a giant in the schol­ar­ly realm might work fine for those in sec­u­lar fields, but if you ele­vate your­self to the point where the pur­suit of knowl­edge out­weighs the per­son­al aspect, you cease to be Christ-like, for he takes time for people.

If through min­istry I am ever too busy to do some­thing, I hope that I am too busy talk­ing and fel­low­ship­ping with my fel­low Chris­tians, to the exclu­sion of writ­ing, trav­el­ing, and so on. God gives life to indi­vid­u­als. The Holy Spir­it quick­ens indi­vid­u­als. Jesus Christ died for indi­vid­u­als. And may we live our lives for indi­vid­u­als.

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