“I called you so often, but you wouldn’t come. I reached out to you, but you paid no attention. Proverbs 1:24 NLT
I can remember being 11 or 12 years old and spending the night at my great grandmother’s home. She’d let me stay up as late as I wanted watching TV.
The only thing is, while the programs had my full and complete focus, at that time the TV stopped showing programs after midnight or 1am.
Today that’s hard for many people under 30 to even imagine. How could you turn a TV on and nothing but static be displayed on the screen even when you’d paid the bill on time?
A benefit though was one less distraction to compete with our attention.
There is so much vying for our focus today; bills, spouses, kids, advertisers, fear, work, school, social media and so on.
What we pay attention to contributes to our benefit or detriment, so there should be ongoing scrutiny of anything or anyone in our lives. The frequency, in what combination and where, all require re-examination at times, as we strive to focus on God.
Christ requires the attention of believers, but He won’t force it. It must be an intentional decision and action.
If you look back through the Bible, Jesus paid attention to the poor, the unsaved, sick, and consistently inserted Himself in ways that correlated with Kingdom building.
His attention was on Heaven and that allowed the appropriate things to consume Him while also removing things not important to the mission.
Whatever your current Kingdom business entails, the battle for your focus is ongoing. I pray that you recognize what isn’t worth your divine focus and continue to press in and focus on God.