Distraction Abidance

Posted on Nov 21 , 2014 in Grace & Life Lessons

Distraction Abidance

© By Brad L Hodges

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. —Colossians 3:2-4

For the past several weeks, as I write this, I have been greatly distracted from my usual comfortable, stable routine. The reason being; I returned to my hometown family, friends, places and spaces after nearly a year and a half of absence since moving out-of-state.

Understandable right? I had not seen my precious daughter and son, my dear aging parents, sister, nephews, my former church home and accompanying brothers and sisters there, close friends nor my favorite Starbucks in all that time.

However in the midst of all this it would be easy to forget God or at least put Him in the background instead of foreground where He belongs at all times.

Prior to returning home my personal walk with Jesus Christ had been significantly transformed through a months long study of a series called ‘Grace Walk’ (Steve McVey – Grace Walk Ministries) which my new church bible study group had undertaken. The in-depth study transformed not only myself, but a majority of the entire church.

This study brought me to an abiding state of Christ I had never quite experienced in my prior 50 years of being a saved believer. What I learned more than anything else is that if you abide in Christ first and foremost, everything else falls in its place because you are giving Him full control of your life.

Being distracted by life, whether it is returning to your hometown after a long absence, smart phones, Facebook, The Internet, TV, jobs or family, while not necessarily bad, can be a detriment to your walk with Christ if you don’t put it all in perspective and place Him first.

Think about it. If you are a believer how often in your daily routine to you get caught up in the drama of a friend or family member, a business crises, to-do list or social media instead of focusing on them through abidance as God’s counsel opportunity, faith in His master plan for your life or divine connection instead of Internet connection? Doesn’t connecting to the world independent of Christ leave you confused, stretched, tired and spent?

By abiding in Christ first you turn distraction into interaction with Him as you shift focus from earthly things to those above and let Him lead instead of you following the herd you constantly find yourself caught up in.

How does one do this?

An abiding life means that Christ is always and immediately with you. You don’t need to seek Him out, engage in a prayer session, or pull out your Bible. You just turn inwardly and there He is to guide your way and clear the distraction. You have the ultimate high-speed connection always on to connect to Christ instead of the world with all its flaws and commotions.

With all the distractions around me at this time, good or bad, I find abidance lets me get the best out of them and life in general. You can too if you simply allow God to be your trusted guide by interacting with him instead of reacting to the world around you.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. —Matthew 6:33

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