Are you at a dead end?
Are you tied to the mundane?
Do you miss God in your life?
Jesus said, “You’re tied down to the mundane; I’m in touch with what is beyond your horizons. You live in terms of what you see and touch. I’m living on other terms. I told you that you were missing God in all this. You’re at a dead end. If you won’t believe I am who I say I am, you’re at the dead end of sins. You’re missing God in your lives.” (John 8:23-24, MSG)
What keeps you from enjoying God’s presence?
Because God has not moved.
God has not cancelled his promises.
God has not changed his mind.
God’s love is forever the same.
What kind of distractions keep you away from God?
They can be lovely, ordinary things
but they can be spiritual killers.
They can be wonderful opportunities
but they can keep you from focusing on God.
They can be exciting, happy things
but they can distract you from the real thing.
What needs to go….or to be added…. so you can focus on God?
Because God is the source of life.
Without him we are at the dead end of sins.
Without him we are not really alive.
Without him we are nothing.
But your loyal love, Lord, extends to the skies;
your faithfulness reaches the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the strongest mountains;
your justice is like the deepest sea.
Lord, you save both humans and animals.
Your faithful love is priceless, God!
Humanity finds refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the bounty of your house;
you let them drink from your river of pure joy.
Within you is the spring of life.
In your light, we see light.
(Psalm 36: 5-9, CEB)
The only way to thrive in life is to abide in Christ. We need to either let something go to create more space for God or we need to stick to Jesus so closely that we can focus on God despite of distractions. What works for you is up to you and God to figure out.
Thriving is possible. But only in God. I realize that even just a couple of days of not soaking myself in the Word of God leaves me more vulnerable for the worldly influence. I need to stick closely to Jesus. But when I do so…..I can thrive despite of distractions. But by God’s grace alone.
Forgive us that we let mundane things
distract us from your presence.
Show us how to abide in you
so we can stay dedicated to you
despite of distractions.
Show each of us what needs to go
so we won’t miss you in our lives.
Be our everything, Lord.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: What kind of distractions keep you away from God?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you navigate life in Jesus!