Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Hebrews 2:1-10

Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.

How many times have you been told to pay more attention to what you are doing? This is an instruction I have heard many times. From my parents, my teachers and yes, my boss. This is Paul’s instruction to the Hebrews. He instructs them to stay focused and not to drift away. It is easy to focus and concentrate on the Lord during prayer or during church services. It is not so easy on Monday morning when you are stuck in traffic or you are late for a meeting or you are working to meet a deadline.

I know that God loves me. This reality affects my behavior when I stay focused. However, when I am distracted and concentrate on other pressing concerns my attitude changes and normally not for the good. Jesus came to earth “lower than the angels” and experienced human weakness. God raised him up to Glory to govern us all. This glory was earned by his suffering for us. Christ tasted death for us all.

How can we be distracted from the grace of God and his unearned gift of salvation? We all know how easy it is. However, there are certain personal disciplines that can help us to remain focused on our spiritual self. I have a short personal prayer that I say over and over throughout the day. I may be sitting at stop signs, riding in elevators, sitting waiting for a meeting to start. It is a prayer of thanks. I am amazed at how it affects my response when I am angry or stressed. God loves us and we just need to remind ourselves of this wonderful gift. Is there anything more important than that? I don’t think so.

John Dickie

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