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Today we come near to the conclusion of this Pre-Lenten season.
Over two weeks we considered choices and consequences, the fact that hot stoves of sin are everywhere and so often seem like fun. If we chose that seeming fun, we get burned and must come to the realization that in doing so we abandon the promises of God.
We know thatÂ how we live now, how close the world grows toward the kingdom we are supposed to be building, and how we live in eternity depend on choices made here and now.Â
If we have lived up to our resolution by taking this Pre-Lenten season as an opportunity to identify the stoves in our lives and have planned our strategies for eliminating them this Lent, we have done well.
Um, but Father, Iâ€™ve been kind of busy, got distracted, and lost the last two weeks.
I can empathize. I used to get all kinds of awards in grade school for â€œdeportment.â€ It means I carried myself well and was a â€˜good boy.â€™ The part I did not do well in was use of time. I can still hear my mother saying â€“ Your report card says that you did not make good use of your time. Too much daydreaming I suppose.
Jesus takes a two-pronged approach for those of us who have not made good use of our time, who have not focused.
Jesusâ€™ first approach is to remind us of the necessity to focus â€“ to pay attention to Godâ€™s way and to ensure He is indeed the Master of our life.
Whatever worldly/everyday stuff gets in our way should not be counted as consequential. Whatever seems important to us must pale against the glory of God and how our lives proclaim Him. Each moment needs to be dedicated to God â€“ loving Him, devoted to Him, and serving Him. In short- pay attention to what is truly important and serve that choice.
Next, Jesus veers into reminders of Godâ€™s care. He knows our weakness, He saw his disciples get easily distracted, so He speaks of the fact that our focus must not be given in vain, but rather is to be toward the One Who will see to our every need.
Jesus left no gaps. Faith in God and dedication to God, making choices for God and toward God leads to blessed consequences: But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.
As we have been reminded, making choices for hot stoves and away from God leads to loss and eventually total destruction.
In these last two-and-a-half days, let us use our time wisely. See the distraction trying to pull you away, push the distraction away for tomorrow will take care of itself.. Nothing is more important than the right now in our focus on what God wants this Lent and saying yes to where the Holy Spirit leads.