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