Scripture Reading: Luke 10:40-42
Let us continue from where we stopped on distractions yesterday:
- Relationships: Every kind of relationship falls into this category; friends, parents, siblings, spouses, girl/boyfriends, children, co-workers, bosses, etc. We should not allow any of these relationships to distract us from God. Remember, God calls us to love one another (1 John 3:11), so when we do, it is an act of obedience to God. But don’t forget about God in the process. In spite of this relationship, ample time must be given to God and His service daily.
- Work: It is so easy to get caught up on our duties. We can have great motives behind our work, but sometimes we let the work become more important than “listening to Jesus”.The Scripture says,“But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”. “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Lk.10:40-42)
- Hobbies: Some love hobbies; from playing guitar, and singing, to video games, sports, and numerous others. The dangerous thing about them is that they can consume a lot of our time. A great way to keep them in check is to do them with God in mind such as worshiping God with music.
- Desiring a blessing from God, more than desiring God Himself: Honestly, this is easy to fall into. It can be so easy to pray for a specific thing over and over again, but forget about spending time with God. This would be like a husband wanting that special “perk” he gets from the wife, without wanting to give any time to other parts of their relationship. Remember, it is “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33), it is not, “first seek all these other things”.
- Ourselves. The last one on the list of distractions, and possibly the most likely to distract us. We are, by nature, sinful, and if we live by our nature, we will not get close to God. That is why we need to die to ourselves, and live in Christ (Romans 6:11)
MASS: GREEN Rom 12:8-10; Ps 112:1b-2.4-5.9(R.5a); Accl 1 Peter 4:14; Lk 14:25-33
- Lord Jesus, cast from me every evil that stands in the way of my seeing You, hearing, tasting, savouring, and touching You; fearing and being mindful of You; knowing, trusting, loving, and possessing You; being conscious of your presence and, as far as may be, enjoying You. This is what I ask for myself and earnestly desire from You. Amen.
Exercise: Learn to use your distractions as prayer points.
Meditation: Matthew 6:33