Distractions

It is a trustworthy statement: I understand next to nothing about God. Like his love; Why does he love me so much? His compassion; Why does he gracefully forgive me over and over when he knows I am going to screw up? His faithfulness; Why does he stick by me even when I doubt he cares?

It’s hard to wrap your head around such a huge ideal, when you have never seen it very closely. Have you ever met someone who has everything, who has been given everything that they have wanted since they were a kid? They are constantly distracted by something like their iPad, Xbox, nice car, constantly traveling, going out drinking every weekend, but yet have never worked a day in their life? I have met plenty of people like that over the almost 3 decades I have been alive.

But have you ever met someone who hardly had anything, except for Jesus? No fancy gadgets, no fancy vehicle, can’t afford to go on trips or out drinking. But they have a relationship with Jesus? Now that is truly a living, breathing Christ Follower.

Now please understand this, I’m not saying that having gadgets is a sin, trust me I like gadgets. I’m not saying going on trips is the sin. I’m saying letting yourself get distracted by those things, instead of inhancing your relationship with God; That is a sin. If you are at church, and you spend more time looking at your phone, then your Bible you have a problem.

“Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up  to Him  and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things;  but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42 NASB

So check it out, Jesus and his merry band of misfits were traveling, and they came across this town and they were invited into a home. So Jesus starts talking, naturally when Jesus started talking people listened. In that house there were two young ladies, Martha and Mary. Martha is trying to clean the house while this is going on, making everything presentable for Jesus, making everything nice. Mary is sitting at Jesus’s feet, hanging on to every word he said. Martha was so busy with her distractions, that she missed Jesus and he was right there in her living room. Mary had given up all of her distractions, just to hear the words coming out of Jesus’s mouth.

These days we are so busy that Jesus could be right in front of us, but we are too distracted to realize it. If your distractions are keeping you away from seeing Jesus, or sharing him with your friends and family, then yes; you are in sin!

It seems to me that the ones who are broken, who don’t have much, look and find Jesus, because they don’t have anything else to live for. I would gladly give up everything, if just to have that kind of encounter with Jesus.

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