Friday,12 February 2021
Distraction
By: Prathab V

Luke 10: 38-42 (HCSB)

These days, getting distracted is easy. We have too many things to do in a day. Yes, it is an uphill task to stay focused. Perhaps wealth has something to do with distraction. Those who are blessed with wealth can own various appliances, gadgets and devices, which adds to the problem of distraction.

The poor, in my opinion, may be more fortunate. Lacking the means to acquire these appliances, gadgets and electronic devices, all they have to offer is their heart to the Lord during a church service or a prayer meeting.

Through my limited experience in speaking to those who have little wealth, I always leave amazed at the attention span of the audience. Since they have no tablet computers or mobile phones to fiddle with, they either read the Bible or listen intently to what is being spoken. To the poor, all other activities during a church service is a distraction.

When we have little, all we can give is our heart and our time to the Lord.

This leads to an incident recorded in Luke 10. When Jesus visited Martha, her sister Mary sat listening to what Jesus had to say. Martha, on the other hand, was distracted. Complaining to Jesus, Martha beseeched the Lord to get Mary to help her with the chores. Surprisingly, Jesus declined and said lovingly: “ Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her .” (Luke 10:41-42)

Today, due to the pandemic, we get busy in the church. We want to ensure the virtual church services go well and we want to monitor audience attendance and feedback as well. Many churches are also trying to extend various church ministries to the Internet.

Yes, all these tasks are necessary and important. Like Martha, her work in serving others is very critical. However, we must be careful not to be distracted.

At times, it may be a good idea to take a step back, sit down and listen to the Lord in quiet reflection and meditation. When we are distracted, our judgments and choices can lead to misplaced priorities.

But Mary was different. As Jesus pointed out, Mary made the right choice to listen to Jesus. In a world filled with various forms of distractions, spending time to listen to Jesus is perhaps the most important thing. Rushing to do a task or to fill a need without first talking to Jesus can lead to mistakes. My prayer is that we will not do anything until we meet with Jesus and listen to Him first. Let us not be distracted.

Finally, I am convinced that the sharing of the Gospel should take precedence over all other church matters. This is the real test of a focused church. Let’s focus on the Son and ask Him to help us steer clear of distractions.

Prayer

Lord, I confess that I had often been distracted. Without intending it, I sometimes rush to do things without consulting You first. Forgive me, Lord. Teach me Your ways so that I may bring glory to Your Name. In Jesus’ name I ask, AMEN.

每日灵粮
星期五,2021年2月12日
标题:分心
作者:帕拉他伯(Prathab V)
翻译:陈月妃

路加福音10:38-42

现今,分心很容易。我们一天要做的事情太多了。是的,保持专注是一项艰巨的任务。也许财富与分心有关。那些拥有财富的人可以拥有各种各样的电器、小玩意和设备,这就增加了注意力分散的问题。

在我看来,穷人可能更幸运一些。由于缺乏获得这些器具、小玩意和电子设备的途径,他们只能在教会崇拜或祷告会上献上他们对主的心。

透过我与那些没有拥有很多财富的人们的有限交流经验,我总是对听众的注意力程度感到惊讶。因为他们没有平板电脑或手机可以摆弄,所以他们要么阅读圣经,要么专心听别人说什么。对穷人来说,教会崇拜期间的所有其他活动都会分散他们的注意力。

当我们拥有的东西非常有限时,我们所能献给主的就是我们的心和我们的时间。

这把我们带到路加福音第10章所记载的一个事件。当耶稣拜访马大时,她的妹妹马利亚坐在那里听耶稣说话。而马大则心烦意乱。马大向耶稣抱怨,恳求主叫马利亚帮助她做家务。出人意料的是,耶稣拒绝了,并充满慈爱地说:“马大、马大、你为许多的事、思虑烦扰.但是不可少的只有一件.马利亚已经选择那上好的福分、是不能夺去的。”(路加福音10:41-42)

今天,由于流感大流行,我们在教会里忙得不可开交。我们要确保教会的线上崇拜能顺利进行,我们同时也要监督会友的出席率和反馈。许多教会也在尝试将教会的各种事工扩展到互联网上。

的确,所有这些任务都是必要且重要的。像马大一样,她为他人服务的行为也至关重要。然而,我们必须注意不要分心。

有时候,退后一步,坐下来静心沉思,聆听主的声音,也许是个好主意。当我们分心的时候,我们的判断和选择可能会导致优先顺序的错误摆置。

但马利亚却不一样。正如耶稣所指出的,马利亚选择聆听耶稣是正确的。在一个充满各种形式的干扰的世界里,花时间听耶稣的话也许是最重要的事。不先与耶稣交谈就匆忙地去做一件事或满足一个需求会导致错误。我的祷告是,在与耶稣见面并先听从耶稣的话之前,我们什么都不做,好让我们不要分心。

最后,我深信分享福音应该优先于所有其他教会事务。这是对一个专注教会的真实考验。让我们把注意力集中在神的儿子,并恳求祂帮助我们避免分心。

祷告:上帝,我承认我经常分心。有意无意间,我有时不事先征求你的意见就匆忙行事。原谅我,上帝。求你将你的道指教我,使我荣耀你的名。我奉耶稣的名求,阿门。