Posted on September 28, 2018
by Brian Smith
Why is it … that we can spend hours watching television at home, but the idea of reading God’s Word for 30 minutes seems a chore?
Why is it … that we go online and chat with friends, we send text messages and e-mails all day, but after five minutes of prayer, we run out of things to say?
Why is it … we get excited when we attend a ballgame and it goes into overtime, but we become irritated when the pastor goes an extra ten minutes with his message?
Why is it … we can sit in a movie for two hours and not say a word, but sitting quietly in God’s presence for more than five minutes seems like an eternity?
Why is it … we can easily spend money on all kinds of ‘needs’ for ourselves, but the idea of placing the same amount in the offering plate for God is hard?
Why is it … we can tell someone about a great book we read, an amazing movie we saw, or an exciting game we watched, but the idea of sharing about Christ makes us unable to speak?
Why is it … that 106,000 people will fill a college football stadium on Saturday, but 90% of the churches in America have a regular attendance of 350 people or less?
Why do we struggle so much to live a life that shows God the honor and glory and awe that it deserves? Do we forget that He gave us this …
or this …
or this …
or this …
or do we possibly forget this …
In Matthew 13, Jesus tells the parable of the sower. The third example He gives is of the plants choked by the thorns. I believe, much like the plants in the parable, we are surrounded by so many thorns that the ‘Son’ is having trouble reaching us. These thorns aren’t causing us pain, but we are failing to see how they are filling up our lives to the point that we aren’t seeking God. Our lives are so busy, so filled with ‘stuff’ that time spent with God in worship, in prayer, in His Word, seems like one more thing added to our list of things to do.
If we are going to prevent the ‘thorns’ from choking us, we have to prioritize our lives. What is most important in our lives? What’s at the top? Family? Work? Ourselves? A good rule of thumb is to see where our money and our time is most consumed. My prayer today is that we would each seek time with our Father with the same zeal and enthusiasm that we have for the other activities in our lives. When we look at His creation, when we read His Word, when we sit in awe of His majesty and His glory, when we acknowledge the sacrifice He made for each and every one of us, the things that we fill our lives with don’t seem to be as important as the worship and praise of Lord and Savior.
If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. I Peter 4:10-12