Colossians 3:1-2, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” Have you made Jesus the Lord of your life? Have you believed on Him for salvation and for your entrance into Heaven someday? If so, our life is meant to reflect that. We are meant to seek and live after the things of God, not the things of this world.
Too often the body of Christ is distracted by everything they have signed up for out in the world. By work. By recreation. By relationships. By tickling the flesh with things like social media, tv, sports, and etc. Romans 8:6, “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Anything done more often than spending time with God will become a liability to you. That means it’s likely that it will end up putting you at a disadvantage. It’ll end up stealing from your life. It’ll end up setting you back while all the time you thought it was getting you ahead. Now, I’m not saying that we don’t have to work or don’t have to function in this world, but our hearts and our thoughts should be focused on God as we go throughout our day, even while at work, even while running errands.
In Luke chapter 8, we see the parable of the sower. The Bible says the sower sows the seed, which is the Word of God and only some Christians actually take that seed and let it grow in their lives to full fruition. Look at verse 14, “Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.” Thorns are distractions. These Christians are choked by the cares of life. These are the Christians who take hold of the Word, understand the Word, might even begin being a doer of the Word, but they let everything else come before the things of God. They allow all the thorns trying to steal their time, trying to steal their attention, trying to tempt them with the way the rest of the world lives, to come in and choke the truth out. Often times, the devil doesn’t even have to tempt you, you just have to care too much about your daily life and responsibilities that you don’t think about God. These Christians, according to the Bible, bring no fruit to maturity. The seed of the Word of God never grows in their lives.
Distraction keeps us disconnected. Distraction is dangerous. Recently I shared a statistic with our church that 25% of deaths related to car accidents were a result of distraction. It didn’t matter whether the car had great safety features, the driver was a skillful driver, or the road was paved for a smooth drive. A distracted driver creates a dangerous condition. Likewise, a Christian could be well taught and equipped through a good Bible teaching church, they could own a Bible and all kinds of good scripturally sound books and CD’s, God could have the Jeremiah 29:11 path paved for them, but if they’re too distracted all that goes out the window. It creates a dangerous condition.
We have to go beyond the superficial religious duties of just showing up to church, when we can make it. We have to start looking at God first, above all else, in our daily lives. Remember Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Trust God, follow Him, keep your eyes on Him, and watch what He does in you life!