“My child, pay attention to what I say.Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them,and healing to their whole body.”-Proverbs 4:20-22
In our daily lives, distractions bombard us. Life keeps speeding up. There have been times when I have thought I will read one verse in the bible think on it for a little while and finish my devotion later because I have so much to do today and before I go to sleep I will make sure I finish it. Guys that’s called half hearted devotion. God desires for us to be whole-hearted for Him. “I will praise You with my whole heart.”- Psalm 138:1
When you think about what Jesus has done for us, you can’t help but to know that a half-hearted response to Him is just wrong and naive on our part. Jesus did not suffer and bleed on the cross to save us so that we could live for God at our own convenience, or when we feel like waking up, or if we don’t have anything else planned for the day. He died and rose again so that we could enjoy an intimate relationship with God on a daily basis.
There are so many new devices, games, children, multiple channels, commercials, text messages, tweets, instagram photos, news, pets, friends, family. So many things wooing and fighting for your attention and in order to stay ahead we simultaneously manage work, school, family, friends, social media, hobbies, our pets, etc. Everyone wants our eyes and attention. The challenge is to find clarity through all of the clutter, and peace in the calamity...
If we hold to what Jesus says in John 14:6, "I am the Way..." then we have to keep both eyes on the Way. We have to be “Cross-Eyed.” Try waking up and before you check your texts, number of Instagram's, Facebook likes from last night, who called, how the business is doing, go to God FIRST.
Distractions predominantly originate outside of ourselves. Who or what usually distracts you?
Before any distractions get in the way and prevent your heart from engaging with God. We have all heard the verse about first fruits.-Proverbs 3:9 It’s about giving the first of everything we have to God. What about your time? If you give God the first of what you have every day, He will multiply your time!
We say Jesus is the forerunner of our faith. Jesus says He is the Way. As followers of the Way of Jesus, let’s trust in the Way that is before us by choosing to engage with God every morning.
Don’t get distracted, choose time with God First!
Be a “Cross-Eyed Christian!