Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A Distracted Heart

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:1-2  (NASB)

Spiritually speaking we all have an inability to stay focused.  These verses in Hebrews show us three things: 1.) The Focused Heart Of Jesus 2.) The Distracted Heart We Tend To Have and 3.) The Heart God Desires Us To Have.

Is your heart focused?  Or is it at times distracted.  We are all aware of the dangers of texting while driving.  Or, what about putting makeup on while driving, reading while driving and all of the other things people tend to do while driving.  It seems we all feel that driving is such a natural and simple thing to do that it does not require our full attention.  Some might even say, “I can do that with my eyes closed!”  (Let’s hope it is just a figure of speech.)

Sadly, too many people seem to believe the same about their faith.  Have you ever heard someone step away from a call to service or fellowship with, “When you’ve been a Christian as long as I have…” followed by a reason NOT to serve or attend?  Our faith should not be put on autopilot.  When that happens our spiritual journey can easily get pulled off course.  The writer of Hebrews calls on us to be careful not to get bogged down and tangled up in the affairs of life to the degree that it distracts from our spiritual purpose.

Remember Martha. 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;  Luke 10:40-41  Jesus reminded her that she was distracted ... she had lost the proper focus.

I commend Martha for her serving heart ... and I know Jesus did too. But sometimes we serve to the point we forget why we are serving and the service becomes more important than the ones we are serving.  We do the right thing in the wrong way.  We develop a distracted or an unfocused heart.  It is at the heart level that we maintain our focus.  Jesus wants to focus our hearts by being the Shepherd of our hearts.  Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:36

We carry day-timers, cell phones, and iPads to help us stay focused.  Yet the reality is all of our hearts become distracted with this or that.  And it is not that the distraction is even bad ... like Martha ... but it is just not the main focus of what God wants in our lives. God desires that our heart focus be the heart and life of Jesus.

That which motivates us is what is key to our focus.  Why we do what we do is important to God for it determines who or what we serve.  A distracted heart will keep us from the fulfillment God desires us to know.  Beware the “second bests” in life that conflict with our focus.

Scripture to Claim:
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33 

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