I was out walking early this morning and as I usually do I was walking along Seminary Rd. Because the traffic on Seminary moves pretty fast I always cross the road and walk so that the traffic is coming towards me rather than from behind. Because of this for just a moment I can see each driver as they approach and I always see the same amazingly scary scene.
Each time I walk I see more than a few drivers who have their cell phone up in front of their steering wheel and they are texting as they drive. Their eyes are not on the road or on me, but rather are on their phone.
Whenever I see this I always want to yell and scream “Hey, put down your phone and drive!”. Rather than yelling I just keep my eyes on them and keep walking. I don’t find myself afraid, but rather angry.
I realize that it’s completely those people’s business what they do with their lives, but I get angry because by texting while they should be focusing on their driving they are putting my life at risk!
I want them to stay focused on the important things!
The most recent time this happened the Holy Spirit begin to speak to me about how we in the body of Christ can allow things to distract us if we aren’t careful. It was with these thoughts that the Lord brought a section of scripture to my mind and a new thought about that section of scripture.
Notice with me Genesis 3:6 from the NIV…..
“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.”
Let me ask you a question. Where is the bad?
What I mean by that is where are the horrible things that Satan offered Eve that enticed her away from God and into the disobedience that ultimately opened the door for sin upon all of mankind. Where’s the ugly, dark, back-alley, cancerous, bad? Where’s the evil that lured Eve away? Simply put, it’s not there. Notice the qualities of the fruit that lured Eve.
The fruit was “good for food”, “pleasing to the eye”, and “desirable for gaining wisdom”. These aren’t deceptive qualities, but rather the fruit really did look good, taste good, and it really did give Adam and Eve a type of wisdom that before eating it they didn’t have. The issue wasn’t in the qualities of the fruit, the issue was that God said not to eat it and they did. The issue was that Eve lost focus. She started hearing Satan’s voice louder than God’s and she started concentrating on the qualities of the fruit rather than the qualities of God her Father.
If we’re not very careful we can do the same thing and just like there were consequences beyond Eve upon mankind there are consequences upon mankind when we loose focus as well.
We are called to touch the world around us for Christ and people are watching our lives. Things that might not appear or might not even be evil can become the things that we focus on. The danger goes far beyond the loose of focus by a driver.
When the Body of Christ loses focus people don’t hear the gospel, don’t repent, don’t become Christ followers, and don’t go to heaven.
Paul said it this way….
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13–14, NIV)
Satan has always been a skilled deceiver and he’s still willing to offer us an unending list of “good” things to take our eyes off of God.
Let’s not lose our focus!