“When You’re Too Busy & Distracted” April 11

 

When You're Busy & Distracted - We all understand that the things of this world can distract us from our devotion to God. But seemingly good things, like our religion and our service to Him, can make us busy and distracted, too. Could there be something in your life that's distracting you from whole-hearted devotion to God? If so, what can you do about it?We all understand that the things of this world can distract us from our devotion to God. But seemingly good things, like our religious activities and our service to Him, can make us busy and distracted, too. Could there be something in your life that’s distracting you from whole-hearted devotion to God? If so, what can you do about it?

 

Today’s Readings:
Joshua 11 & 12
Psalm 44.4-19
Proverbs 14.1-2
Luke 10.25-42

 

When You’re Too Busy & Distracted

 

Luke 10.25-42:

Samaritans, Servants & Busyness

 

This passage contains two very familiar stories: Jesus’ teaching on the Good Samaritan and the story of Mary and Martha.

25 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?

27 So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’

28 And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”

29 But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Notice that little phrase “wanting to justify himself.” He knew what the law said, but his desire was to be justified, to look good, maybe to be sure his ticket to heaven was valid. He was focused on himself, not God and others.

30 Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.

These men were religious. But in another passage, Jesus said they enjoyed praying on the street corners and doing good deeds to look good to others (Matt. 6.1-5). They thought their knowledge of the law and their heritage guaranteed them a place in heaven (Jn. 8.39). They were focused on their importance and religiosity. But what Jesus saw was their lack of love and obedience.

33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ 36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”

37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

This religious lawyer knew what the law said, but he failed to grasp the meaning of it. If we love God, we’ll have more than a desire to know the law. We should have a desire to obey it. Obeying it means loving those God places in our paths, whether we consider them friends or enemies. It means going out of our way to help others just as the Samaritan did.

In verses 38-42 we meet Martha and her sister Mary.

38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”

41 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Martha was blessed with the gift of serving. She probably did it well and was, most likely, a blessing to many.

Jesus didn’t say serving was wrong. In fact, serving is one of the Holy Spirit inspired gifts to the body of Christ. The problem wasn’t that Martha wanted to serve; the problem
was that she was “distracted” by it. She was focused on her busyness.  Continue reading

Are you a wise woman or a foolish woman?

 

Are you a wise woman or a foolish woman? - The Bible has a great deal to say about wisdom and the flip side, foolishness. In this series we'll look at what it means to be wise and, by comparison, what it means to be foolish. And how we sometimes end up on the wrong side without even realizing it.I recently taught a lesson during our summer ladies’ Bible study. The posters promoting the series of lessons were very eye catching, but it was the tagline that caught my attention, “A woman of God can never be like a woman of the world.” My lesson was on wisdom versus foolishness which has everything to do with being a woman of God rather than a woman of the world.

The Bible has a great deal to say about wisdom and the flip side, foolishness. In this series we’ll look at what it means to be wise and, by comparison, what it means to be foolish and how to recognize the difference.

 

Are You a Wise or a Foolish Woman?

 

I’m speaking, primarily, to the ladies today, but these truths are for all of us: young and old, men, women, and children.

 

woman of God

 

As believers we live in 2 worlds or as Jesus called them, kingdoms. He said, “My kingdom is not of this world … (Jn. 18.36).

We belong to another kingdom, yet we still live in this earthly kingdom that we often refer to as “the world,” meaning the world’s system, where we’re exposed to the world’s way of doing things and the world’s values.

BUT interestingly …

 

When it comes to being wise or foolish … even the world says you should be wise!

 

Has anyone ever said to you, “Wise up!”

You’re never going to get a husband if you don’t sleep with him!

You’re not even going to keep a boyfriend!

You’re 30 years old. You can’t keep holding out for “Mr. Right”!

 

Wise up!

You need to look out for #1.

 

Wise up!

All that church wants is your money!

 

Wise up!

This is 2016, not the first century!

 

Wise up!

Everybody’s doing it!

 

Wise up!

Science has proven the Bible is wrong!

 

Wise up!

Are you a bigot? No one chooses to be gay!

 

Wise up!

 

They’ll tell you when they think you’re a fool, too!

 

You’re a fool, if you forgive your husband!

Submission? Are you crazy? … Only a fool would be some kind of a doormat!

 

You’re a fool if you wait for marriage to have sex!

You’re a fool if you stay home and raise your kids!

You’re a fool for believing the best of others!

You’re a fool for not doing whatever it takes to get ahead!

Wise up!

 

Even the world says you should be wise, but it’s not the same kind of wisdom! You see, the kingdom of God & “the kingdom of this world” are opposite worlds.

The Prophet Isaiah warned us about those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness (Is. 5.20).  Continue reading