Thursday, July 4, 2024

God: May I Have Your Undivided Attention?

God: May I Have Your Undivided Attention?
by David Brenneman 

In any of your days this week, did you give God your undivided attention?

Is there a time, each day, that you spent specifically with Jesus?  In prayer, in reading your Bible, in thought?  

Paul wrote: "Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father." Colossians 3:16-17.

"And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ." Ephesians 5:18-21.

Yet more food for thought...James 4:17 "Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin."

You cannot grow in Christ if you aren't with Christ.  You cannot learn speech, love and conduct apart from your example who is Christ the Lord. 

People enlist in the military to serve their country. To learn from other soldiers on exactly what it means to be a soldier. To be as good as or better than their instructors.

People go to colleges and universities for a specific course study.  They are taught what is necessary and critical to become as good as their professors. The hope of professors is that their students would surpass them.

We who have come to Christ for salvation are to grow in respect to our salvation. 1 Peter 2:2.

We are to seek obedience in Christ Jesus with loving God with our everything and love others as He's loved us.

So...does Jesus ever get your undivided attention?  

Are we too busy talking to be in a position of listening?

Have we made up our minds to not listen to the prompting of the Spirit of God by our actions?

Many, having been hurt by others in this life, have shipwrecked their faith and have gone no farther on the path the Spirit had set them.  

Where would the rest of the book of Daniel be had Daniel caved into fear?  Where would the rest of the book of Revelation be if John hadn't pressed on?

Where would we be if those who came before us had given up?

It's incredibly saddening to hear of Pastor's, men of God, who abandon their position in the Church because of the battles that are part and parcel for their position.  The battle caused them to stop being who they were called to be and now those lives they could have touched to lead them to Christ for salvation are now for someone else to do. 

It's incredibly important to spend time eating physical foods.  It's incredibly important to drink appropriate drink.  

It's even more critical to be spiritually fed than even the physical things in our world.  Jesus told His Disciples that He had food to eat that they knew nothing about. His food was to do the will of His Father in Heaven. 

You, my Dear Reader, if indeed you are saved in Christ Jesus, have a divine purpose under Heaven.  You have a responsibility to sit at the feet of Jesus to learn from Him on how to grow in Him through His Spirit.  

What are you doing to eat and drink well in Christ?

What are you separating yourself from in order to be holy as He is holy?

What are you doing to feed yourself from the provisions of God for you?

Can you honestly say that daily Jesus gets your undivided attention?  

All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation.

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