The Matter at Hand
This is the follow-up to yesterday’s blog. Staying alert is an easy phrase to toss out there but the truth is – everyone is distracted. Very few people live deliberately anymore in our western society. Many people live as though they are impervious to the shocks and surprises of life. Life is difficult and if it hasn’t been for you count your blessings – it will be at some point.
The bible says, “Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:13) Sadly the people that need to attend to this matter will probably not read this or will read it and think, “That is really good advice for someone else to think about.” Clearly God wants people to live with more attention to the relationship we have with each other, creation, and God. We unfortunately let many things flood our mind or selfishly make our plans without thinking about what God’s has planned for us.
This morning I received calls from a grieving father who’s daughter died unexpectedly and from a wife who’s husband has just died after an extended illness that came upon him when he was too young. If I could capture the attention of young adults and young parents and say to them, “Don’t get so caught up in busyness that you forget play. Don’t mix up God’s order. Too often we worship our work, work at our play, and just play at our worship.” Prioritize your relationship with God so that when the storms of life hit you are prepared. Attend to the matter at hand – the thing that is in front of you – the voice of God who says, “I want you to be mine for all time – stay close to me and I will be close to you.”
I spoke with a young man from Estonia the other day. He is in his twenties and was raised with no faith background but is searching and trying to understand who God is. His parents attended church, his grandparents attended church, but his generation is as he put it, “pretty much godless.” The U.S. is headed that way. I would just hate for people to have that wake up call and then find out that no one is on the other end of the line.