Don't Shuffle Along
17 June 2017
Reading: 1 Kings 20-21; 2 Chronicles 17; Colossians 3
1 So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. 2 Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. (Colossians 3:1-2 MSG)
It’s easy to get busy and absorbed with the things right in front of you. Elijah complained to God, “I’ve been working my heart out for you. Israel has abandoned your covenant and murdered your prophets and I’m the only one left!” (1 Kings 19:10). But after Elijah took a break from “working his heart out” and got some quiet time with God, he learned that there were 7,000 others who were faithfully serving God, and he got fresh assignments that commissioned his successor and affected the history of nations.
Life Lessons for me:
• I mustn’t set my sights too low. If I keep my focus on what I feel capable of doing, I’ll miss the miraculous intervention of God in my world.
• I mustn’t spend so much of my time and energy on wanting and getting and managing my stuff. It’s all going away. Whether I lose it here or whether I go off and leave it, it’s temporary and I can’t take it with me.
• I mustn’t stay so busy that my time and energy is all used up on the details of work and ministry. If I don’t personally encounter God in real worship, in real fellowship, and in real practice of his presence, it’s all just busy activity that marks off my days.
If you and I spend all our time and energy shuffling along with our eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of us, we may miss what’s really going on! We could miss out on the real action – the things that matter for both now and eternity!
Father, Please forgive me for that part of my time and energy that goes into shuffling along with my eyes to the ground. Help me to learn the balance between attention to the things right in front of me and awareness of the bigger – much bigger – picture of what Jesus is doing! Help me re-calibrate my sights so that I’m focussed on what you’re looking at. Amen.