Tuesday, October 15 2013
"For as in the days of Noah before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, "and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be." Matthew 24:38,39
Jesus was prophesying of a time in the future when a flood would come just as it did in Noah's day and would wash away those who weren't prepared for the coming judgment. The flood He was speaking of is not of water because God promised He wouldn't flood the earth again in that manner. So, what was He talking about and how do we prepare for such an event with the magnitude of the flood that devastated the known world in Noah's day?
Today we are being flooded with information of all kinds from every type of electronic device known to man! People are being inundated with tons of messages filling their minds and causing such distraction that they are running into walls and crashing into one another on the highway, have you tried talking to one of your kids or grand-kids lately? I seriously doubt you got through to them because they had an i-phone in their hand receiving some important text message from their friends. It's a wonder anything gets done today with this flood of nonsense filling our minds and hearts!
The devil doesn't have to kill us, he just brings enough distraction to keep us out of the race and with the saints out of the way he can pretty much do anything he desires without interruption! Most of the distraction that we are experiencing is not necessarily evil, just time consuming such as sports, TV, Internet, games and anything else that consumes our thought life, filling our minds with anything but the word of God! It is imperative for the believer to keep his thought life pure and uncluttered from the things of the world and to keep his eyes solely on the Lord Jesus Christ and His purpose for our lives.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (of the flesh) but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. II Corinthians 10:3-5
TOO BUSY FOR JESUS!
Martha welcomed Jesus into her house, and she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word. 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." Luke 10:38-40
Even in ministry people can be caught up with being too busy to have a solid relationship with the Lord Jesus. I know and have experienced it in my own life while directing a large residential ministry and at the same time pastoring a church, it doesn't take long to become exhausted doing good things. I have seen many in the ministry burn out from excessive work in ministry and not paying attention to their devotion to the One they are working for.
When Jesus came to the home of Martha and Mary to teach the Word, Mary sat contently at His feet while her sister Martha was busy serving the guests and becoming distracted by all of her duties. So it is today, people are so distracted, even by doing good in ministry that they neglect the most important thing in their lives, quality time with the Lord.
Are you too busy to spend time in the Word and prayer, meditating on the many promises of God, are you distracted by your job, kids, games or even ministry? I suggest you take an inventory of your time and set in order those things that really matter in your life because we are just a vapor that is here for a short time and then all of a sudden, many times without warning, we are gone! We are entering dangerous times and there is nothing certain, but Jesus, and faith in Him alone, when the bottom drops out where will your devotion be, are you prepared for eternity, or distracted by the things of the world?
And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are troubled and worried about many things. "But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part which will not be taken away from her." Luke 10:41,42
WHO DO YOU LOVE THE MOST?
"If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple." Luke 14:26
The above mentioned scripture upsets most who read it because it says we are to hate our family members and our own life. What Jesus is saying, is that your devotion must be focused on Him alone and not on family members, livelihood or anything else that would distract you from following the Lord in obedience to His Spirit.
The world promotes the love of life and self which is diametrically opposed to the teachings of Christ. This worldly philosophy leads us to be consumed with everything this world has to offer, such as beauty, physical strength, food, drink, the arts and anything else that our flesh desires. Jesus said to deny our self, take up our cross (a cruel instrument of death) and follow Him, but what was He saying and what does that mean for the modern day believer?
Jesus is calling His disciples to live a life of total sacrifice to the will of our flesh and total dedication and obedience to the will of the Father. When you take a hard look at what Jesus said in His word about discipleship you will understand why there simply aren't more of them. The life of a disciple of Christ makes himself available to the leading of God's Spirit in any and all circumstances to be on call forever, listening to the voice of His Spirit calling us into service and consecration by fulfilling His purpose in us! Are you being distracted from fulfilling your divine appointment with God, the highest calling of all, or are you living your life totally for Him who died and rose again for you?
For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. II Corinthians 5:14,15