distractions

Today was kind of a “day off” for my family. Some of our normal activities were on a break this week, and I was able to hang around the house. Soooo nice. As a result, I had a really long phone conversation with my mom… like hours long. It didn’t seem like hours though because we were discussing things “not of this world”. One of the things we talked about were “distractions”. I thought I’d share a bit because I believe it applies to most Christians.

Once we have accepted Christ as our Savior, the enemy knows he can’t reverse that position, so he goes about doing the next best thing. He distracts us from our true calling. We’re supposed to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. (love this song) Instead, we become distracted by relationships, television, food, sports, politics, finances, hobbies, online social networking, work, school, and yes, even church… the list can and does go on. These things aren’t necessarily bad, but they certainly don’t belong at the top of my priority list, God does.

The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him… ~2 Chronicles 16:9a

My heart can’t be fully committed to Him if I’m putting other things in front of my relationship with Him. This isn’t even getting into sifting that list above through the “does it glorify the Lord” filter. That’s a post for another day. I would wager that seeking Him first would likely alter drastically other areas of our life.Today, I’m asking myself where my actions say God resides on my priority list. The answer certainly explains a lot.

But if from there you will seek (inquire for and require as necessity) the Lord your God, you will find Him if you [truly] seek Him with all your heart [and mind] and soul and life. ~ Deuteronomy 4:29 (AB)

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