Cross Walk Devotional: Focus

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My in-box shouted at me as I scrolled through the e-mail on my phone rushing from one meeting to another.  The subject line of one of the numerous devotionals to which I subscribe caught my attention because the message was painfully applicable to me.  If the devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy. Wow…that hurts; but sometimes the truth always does.  Now to prove how well this statement fits me, I haven’t even had time to read the entire devo.  But I’m not sure I need to. The message has haunted me for days.

I prefer busy because I’m easily bored.  But busy has become its own vice as my busyness robs me of the ability to keep focused on what is truly important.  Why didn’t I read the daily scripture for today before I left for work? Because I knew I needed to be at work early since it would be such a busy day.  This is beginning to sound like a circular argument and unfortunately, I’m very good at it.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness…”

Those words from Jesus’s first recorded public teaching forever haunt me as they daily convict me of my greatest challenge.  My hope and personal prayer this Easter season is that I focus on the cross and truly seek first the kingdom and his will in my life each day.

As the women discover the empty tomb, one of the angels tells them that he is risen and prompts them to “remember how he told you…”  And the women, “remembered his words…”

May this season help us remember and remain in remembrance of God’s love and power demonstrated through Jesus’ resurrection and victory over death.

God’s wisdom in the institution of the Lord’s Supper in commemoration of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection is amazing.  He seemed to know that we (I) would struggle with busyness and life’s many distractions. May we remember resurrection Sunday this Easter and each Sunday and every day.

Father, lead me to seek first the kingdom.  May it become a mindset and my life’s sole direction.

You are loved!

James Peterman