It’s hard to read many of the stories in the Old Testament. One moment I read about awesome miracles like the plagues and the parting of the sea, then the next moment I read about people denying God’s existence. Those stories are not just historical, and about other people, they’re about today and they’re about me (and you). God is awesome, but we tend not to treat Him as awesome. God wants personal engagement, but we tend to give Him something less than personal. That’s a big deal because it leads toward disconnecting from God, and disconnecting from His benefits.
Lawnmowers and Christians have something in common. I have an electric lawnmower – the kind that requires a really long extension cord that’s never quite long enough. As I’m mowing the edge of my property I repeatedly pull the cord out of the wall. Disconnecting a plug is annoying. Similarly, I have a friendship with Jesus. When I treat it as anything other than a friendship the possibility exists that I can disconnect from Jesus. If I don’t get plugged back in that ends very badly. In Hebrews 3:1-6 the pastor warns his congregation that disconnecting from Jesus is possible and ends horribly, so in this passage he reveals How To Avoid Disconnecting.
With four kids and a Honey-Do List the one thing that gets most of my attention is my lack of focus. There are so many things that I’d really love to get done. They’re good things, too, not frivolous or self-gratifying. But, I find that I am torn in so many directions, and they all seem to be really important. Distraction is the focus. So, what is there to do about it?
Distraction isn’t unusual, it’s the norm. Most people I see follow very busy routines that welcome (and even invite) distraction. Within Christianity, distraction isn’t the problem that apostasy is, but it can be just as deadly. Both distraction and apostasy can end with a broken relationship with Jesus. That’s a really big deal, and it’s the reason why the pastor who wrote the sermon of Hebrews places so much emphasis warning against apathy. In today’s episode we’re going to discover what Hebrews 3:1-6 says about Slaying The Three Headed Monster Of Distraction.