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DISTRACTIONS!

Psalm 119:37; Matthew 6:25; Ecclesiastes 6:9; Various

DISTRACTIONS

Psalm 119:37; Matthew 6:25; Ecclesiastes 6:9; Various

Good evening and welcome to BCCC and our nightly devotional study.

When I first moved to West Jefferson, my office was at the parsonage. It was a great place to have it because I could do my work and also be right at home. It was just Wendy and I and so there were few things to interfere with my work.

But time has a way of changing things. My in-laws moved in. My youngest son lived with us for a while. And then my daughter moved in with her two kids. With all these additions it became apparent that the office wasn’t working at home. There was to much noice. There were things that either got piled on my desk or disappeared from my desk. It was obvious that there were too many distractions. So I had to move my office over to the church in order to get things done.

The dictionary defines “distraction” in two ways: 1. A thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else. 2. Extreme agitation of the mind or emotions. And in my case the latter seemed to be more of what my distraction was about. For the sake of my sanity I had to move my stuff. But if I really want to be honest a distraction is really about determining value. I valued getting my work done instead of on the needs of my changing home and family situation.

So what do you put value on? What do you value in the kingdom of Christ? I sometimes find that distractions to my walk with the Lord happen because I put too little value on my faith and more value on worldly matters. These worldly matters end up disrupting my devotion and prayer life. They interfere with my Bible reading and doing service work in the kingdom. If you asked me what I value more than God I would have shouted back at you that there is nothing more valuable than the Lord. But my actions… my distractions… my involvement with other things shouts even louder that it isn’t true.

I love what the Psalmist wrote in Psalm 119:37. He said, “Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word.” Things that have no value in the scheme of eternity are often what distracts us from the most important thing, God and his Word.

Jesus reminded us not to get distracted by worldly concerns in Matthew 6:19-34. He said, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” Distractions, distractions, distractions. Everywhere you turn there are so many distractions to what is really important and has eternal value.

Paul reminded Timothy that Jesus was his gospel and not to get distracted by other things. “No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.”

And the wisest man in all the world once said, “Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless—like chasing the wind.” Solomon said that this is a distraction. The sum of the matter is to fear the Lord and keep his commands.

So if you’re distracted by this world just remember that we are just strangers passing through. Don’t get missed up and lose track of what has eternal value for your life.

PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Lord, With you, we find meaning and understanding to this life. But sometimes things distract us. So keep us focused on you and your word. Help us to turn our eyes away from temporal and worthless things. Help us focus on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. In Jesus name we pray, Amen!

We are challenging everyone to learn 4 new verses by the end of June. I hope you will join us for this challenge. Psalm 119:37 is another great verse to memorize. Let us know how you are doing. I hope you will join us tomorrow night at 6pm for our Bible devotional. Good night and God bless you.

May 28, 20/ Preacher/ Ministers Minute/
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