Order Among The Chaos! The Art of Being Kingdom Focused In A World of Distraction: (A Devotional Series)

Order Among The Chaos! The Art of Being Kingdom Focused In A World of Distraction: (A Devotional Series)

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Introduction

So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:18 

The world is filled with distraction. Nearly everywhere we look we have things competing for our attention. Where we give our attention says a lot about who we are.  My wife and I both work. We have two kids that both attend school and play sports. On top of this I am a bivocational pastor. My days start early and run late. Weekends are filled with youth sports, church, and other obligations. It is not easy for me to remain focused in a world of distractions. 

Time is the most precious asset we have. Every day we are spending this resource but are never replenishing it. Put frankly from the moment we are born we are on the clock. However, most days we live as if we have forever. In some sense for christians that is true, but we dont have forever on this side of history. Therefore, we must ensure that we are spending our time properly and staying focused on the things that truly matter. 

In this series I hope to encourage you to stay kingdom minded amidst the chaos of daily life. To achieve this I want to explore with you what the Bible teaches on staying kingdom focused as we journey through a normal day together..

Day 1: Starting The Day Right

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Colossians 3:2 CSB

For many the first thing we hear at the start of a new day is the sound of the alarm clock. This can be an unwelcome sound on a Monday morning as it means it is once again time to leave the comforts of bed and to start our day. All too often what we do next will set the tone for the rest of our day. Immediately upon waking up we have several things competing for our interest. We have to make a decision on what to give our precious first few minutes of the day to. Do I immediately jump into getting ready for work because time margins are thin? Do I reach for my phone and browse social media? Do I turn on the news, or do i set my mind on God?

The very first step in staying kingdom focused is to spend our first few minutes of each morning with God. With all the potential options this is by far the only choice if we want to ensure our day is properly ordered. Nearly immediately upon waking is a great time for prayer and a brief reading of scripture. I like to personally sit down to scripture with a fresh cup of coffee and work through my scripture reading plan. I always open this time of devotion with prayer and close it with prayer. This time spent with God can be anywhere from a few minutes to 20 minutes for me. The time length isn’t as important as making this a daily spiritual habit.

The guiding verse for this chapter teaches us the importance of setting our minds on God. If we begin our day with the consumption of news media or social media then there is a chance our mind will become focused on the things below because it distracts us from the things above. Watching the news media is overwhelmingly negative in our modern world. It is easy to become pessimistic in our day when the first thing we encounter in our day is the chaotic world. 

When we sit down and spend time with God first thing we will be focusing on the things above and not below. This will help keep our minds focused on God and his goodness rather than the world and its badness. 

Prayer: Heavenly father I pray today that you keep my mind focused on the things above and not on the things below. Heavenly father I pray that your mission be the focus of my day and your scripture guide my path. I pray today is the day that I make time with you my first priority every day. In Jesus name, Amen!

Southern Baptist Rediscovering Church Holidays!

Tonight my church had scheduled an Ash Wednesday service. While we always meet on Wednesdays and of course by extension on Ash Wednesday. My church has never observed a traditional Ash Wednesday service.

My church like most southern Baptist churches do not celebrate lent or many of the traditional holidays. However, in the past few years we have been re-discovering our Christian roots. We have been careful in how we approach these holidays as we are first and foremost a Church committed to scripture.

A few years ago our church began to celebrate Advent. This year we have decided to add Ash Wednesday. The service for Ash Wednesday has unfortunately been canceled due to severe winter weather. But it was a good learning experience to research and properly understand an Ash Wednesday service.

During the service I planned to administer ashes. Because of the biblical expression of sackcloth and ashes it was an opportunity to teach about traditional biblical repentance. This is what Ash Wednesday is truly about. An understanding of repentance as we approach Easter.

We have enjoyed reconnecting to Christian holidays. A few months ago we even added the apostles creed to every Sunday service and as we venture deeper into church history it has been a positive experience learning and expressing church history.

Fear is Not A Gift

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭

Overcoming fear sounds great to almost everybody but in practice overcoming fear is much more difficult done then said. As a result many people read 2 Timothy 1:7 and quietly repent as they carry fear with them.

Fear as being described in 2 Timothy 1:7 does not mean a reckless abandonment of your reason concerning fear. The verse is describing the spiritual condition of believers in a fallen world. Fear should not keep you from living the life of faith.

Notice the positive attributes this verse describes as being from God and given to the believers.

Sound judgment means Christians have the spiritual tools necessary to discern right from wrong. The gift of power comes from the Holy Spirit along with the gift to love. Without God working in us we as Christians do not possess the ability to love others the way that God would have us to love others.

The next time you read this verse remember the fear you face in life can be overcome through the attributes that God has gifted us with through the Holy Spirit!

The Future of 1 of 10 Ministries

Here at 1 of 10 we are excited for the coming new year. It has been a tough year for all of us. COVID-19 has transformed the entire world and every thing has been impacted including ministry work.

We have big plans here at 1 of 10 ministries for 2021. We hope to grow into a full-time teaching ministry.

We plan to develop 1 of 10 podcast into a 30 minute weekly production. We also plan to have a daily devotional podcast. We hope to perform weekly Bible studies live on social media platforms.

And hopefully by end of the year we can establish a Bible study telecast that airs 2 times a week with the potential of more in the future.

The blog will contain fresh new post that are updated regularly. As well as links to the various media productions that we create here at 1 of 10.

That said this is only possible with your support. We hope to apply for nonprofit tax exempt status this year. We also will have to upgrade our equipment with the most expensive piece equipment being a new MacBook Pro that is capable of handling the productions that we will be creating here at the ministry. We also have a need for better microphones, lights, and professional software.

To make 1 of 10 a reality and to help us reach these amazing goals we are stepping out in faith. I am asking you to please help us raise money to start this ambitious ministry goals. You can donate at the link below. Help us take Christ to the nations and to equip the saints!

https://paypal.me/pools/c/115084962959834573