We are a long way off from Easter, but I am going to use an Easter illustration (After all we didn’t get to enjoy Easter this year). There is nothing more frustrating and yet enjoyable as watching a 2 year old hunt for Easter eggs! It is enjoyable because they are the cutest things... it is frustrating because they get distracted by everything! In hot pursuit of shiny candy filled eggs, a 2 year old can get distracted by bugs, sticks, rocks, their feet, and most often the CANDY. In the end, the kid that does the best is the one who with single purpose collected eggs and refused the distractions.
You have to admit, it is humorous watching a small kid get one egg, pop it open, and begin to eat the contents in the middle of the hunt. Everyone is yelling at him or her to keep getting eggs, but the single piece of candy is too sweet and good to put down. The child doesn’t understand the urgency to collect eggs or the great reward that could be theirs if they would just delay pleasure for a little bit.
As children get older, they begin to realize how the game is played. A 9 year old will plant his feet firmly in the dirt, size up the competition, and examine the field just to get an edge. He understands that the object is to get the most eggs the fastest, with intent and focus he darts after each egg, and easily delays the enjoyment of the candy. To get the most eggs requires a singleness of heart and purpose.
God wants us to have a laser vision focus on Him alone. He wants all our attention... single focus on Him and His will. Too often we get distracted by... well.... everything! Sometimes even good things can distract us!
Solomon talks about the distraction of the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom. Good things, no doubt, but when they become a person's focus, they are heading off track.
Where is your focus today? Are you looking fully and completely on the Lord Jesus Christ? Matthew 6:21-24 - "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."
Daily Scripture Reading
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”