Are You Drowning?

Drowning? Yeah that sounds very inspirational doesn’t it.  So many time we can be drowning from all sorts of things in life.  We drown in debt.  We drown in relationship issues.  We drown ourselves with work, hobbies, activities…anything.  Most of the time we never anticipated it happening.  We never go and get a credit card and say to ourselves …I just can’t wait to max this thing out! But gradually over time it happens.

I have been thinking about the man in scriptures referred to as the Rich Young Ruler in Luke chapter 18 and Matthew chapter 19.  We know how the man came to Jesus and wanted to know what he could do to have eternal life.  I had often wondered why Jesus just did not say to this young man what he told Nicodemus in John chapter 3.  And I think it may because this young man was drowning.

All of this young man’s life was filled with keeping the Old Testament laws – specifically the Ten Commandments.  He knew what he needed to do to be a good person but yet he was seeking greater things than he had known.  He was wealthy, what was there that he could not have bought?

He was seeking something greater – something he could not purchase and yet something that he could not obtain because he was drowning.  Jesus told this young man if he wanted to be perfect to sell the things that he had and become a follower of Him.  However, instead of doing what Jesus suggested this young man went away.

You see, he was drowning in his possessions and riches.  Those things had him tied to the world.  It must have been what he worried about and thought about continually.  If he didn’t care about it so much he would have gladly gave what he had away and followed Jesus.

What kind of things do we all drown ourselves with?  Each day we awake and worry about things like work, bills, the economy, politics, …..and some odd fascinations with the zombie apocalypse…..(whatever that is all about).  How many of these things and other like it literally consume our lives – and when things like this consume our lives we begin to drown in them and we fail to survive and to thrive in this life.

Worry less and live more.  Seek God above all things (cf. Matthew 6:31-34)

~David S. Deagel

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Where Does God Fit?

Football, baseball, soccer, Facebook, Candy Crush, shopping, work, family time, sleep, friends, cars, motorcycles, gardening, eating, cooking, home repairs, cutting grass, shoveling snow…..

With all these things in life where is there room for God?  With more advancements in technology, entertainment and the comforts of home, we have secluded ourselves from the outside world. We stay home and are entertained with the television, playing games, and watching YouTube videos in the heated and cooled environment of our homes and rarely take the time to socialize and befriend our neighbors, besides the casual “hello.  How are you?” greeting.

I greatly fear that this society norm is making its way through the Lord’s church.  There seems to be a decreased desire to spend additional time fellowshipping with other Christians and studying God’s word together.  I recently conducted a survey concerning Sunday Evening services.  The majority of those who replied, expressed that they did not regularly attend evening services because they were too busy or too tired.

We all spend too much time worrying and working towards things we cannot change and not enough time seeking after the Kingdom of God (Mt. 6:25-34).  Paul’s states that Bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things (1 Tim 4:8).  It serves as a reminder for us to be more focused on the spiritual than the physical.

What (or who) has made us so busy that we have little time left of our day and week to spend in worship and study to God? – Satan! When we are too busy and exhausted to serve and worship God, Satan has won.  Let us never be too busy to serve God.

If it is the case that we are involved in multitudes of activities and find ourselves with little time, serve God in what you are doing.  Matthew records Jesus’ statement, “Go therefore” (Mt. 28:19) and the idea of the wording is “Having gone” – While you are doing whatever it is that you need to do throughout your day, serve God in addition.  Utilize Facebook as an evangelistic tool. When you have a family gathering talk about scripture.  When you are at the soccer fields watching your child compete tell your story of salvation. Talk to the waitress about your faith, leave them contact information about the church along with your tip.  There are ample opportunities for us to serve His Kingdom through are busy schedules and bring glory to God. (1 Pt. 4:11)

~ David S. Deagel