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The danger of distraction

01/16/2019

If God, and your relationship to Him, is not the priority of your life, you are distracted. If knowing Him, seeking Him, and pursuing His will for your life is not at the top of your list in terms of your priorities, you are off course. To be distracted is to allow your mind and attention to be pulled away from what is most important. To be distracted spiritually as a follower of Christ is to allow other things to move in between you and God. It is to allow God and your walk with Him to be crowded out.

Sadly, for so many who say they are believers, God is not number one. Of course, we may say He is. But our lives and our actions tell the true story. If we are not spending time in the Word of God daily, praying consistently, and seeking to live out faithfully the call of God on our lives, we are not where we need to be.

We are each called to live a lifestyle of "sitting at the feet of Jesus." In other words, we are called to live life walking in an intimate relationship with Christ each day. Every disciple of Christ is called to make spending time in the Word of God and prayer top priorities. As God calls and commands you to obey and follow Him, do it. This is living a life of sitting at the feet of Jesus. 

It’s so easy to tell the world and ourselves, "I want to spend time with the Lord, but I'm just so busy!" Yet in the reality of life, we make time for what we really want to do.

In the business of daily life, don't allow yourself to get distracted. It appears that the world is filled with weapons of mass distraction. Always make time to spend with Christ every day. We are wise to spend some time in prayer and in the Word of God first thing in the morning after we get up. Make it a priority.

Many might say, “I don’t have time in the morning because I have to get ready for work or school and get out of the door within the time schedule I have!” Well actually, the solution to that problem is fairly simple. Get up thirty or forty minutes earlier than you have been getting up. Pray and ask the Lord to help you and He will be glad to assist you in this.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

We each need to be careful that we do not live distracted lives. One thing is needed. Know and stay close to God and follow Him no matter what.

 

Joseph Parker. This article originally appeared on the Stand.

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