Twice a week I go to a gym class where there are 25 different stations that we rotate. It takes only an hour to get a great work out for different muscle groups. Also, it’s much more fun in a group setting. Today the person I was following made a mistake and skipped a station. I wasn’t paying attention, I just followed her and made the same mistake. And the one after me did the same. That got me thinking. It is dangerous to follow blindly anyone. We need to ourselves pay attention to where we are and where we are going. Especially in our spiritual lives.
Don’t put your confidence in powerful people;
there is no help for you there.
When they breathe their last, they return to the earth,
and all their plans die with them.
But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.
(Psalm 146:3-5, NLT)
Pay attention to Jesus
So often we outsource our spiritual lives to pastors or spiritual leaders. But that’s the quickest way to get lost. We can’t put our confidence in other people and their leadership skills. They are just people like us making mistakes and taking wrong turns once in awhile. Even the best spiritual leaders are not that trustworthy. We need to put our trust only in Jesus. Because he will never lead us astray.
So, don’t be satisfied with second hand Jesus, experience him first hand instead. Pay attention to Jesus and you will mature in your faith. Be attentive to Jesus and you will not get lost. Pay attention to Jesus and you will be eternally blessed.
Forgive us for finding replacements for you.
Wake us up from our slumber,
(re)focus our hearts and minds to you.
We want to pay attention to Jesus,
live and love in Him.
Guide us home to you.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Do you pay attention to Jesus?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you follow Jesus!