Lately, on three different occasions, I’ve heard, read or received the words, “Wake up, O sleeper! Rise from the dead and Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:14
A few days later, “If then you are raised with Christ, set your hearts on the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on the things above, not on earthly things….” Col 3:1-2
Those exhortations cut through a lot of mental & heart clutter. They got my attention! For me, the challenges of the ministry can build up and keep me focused there. I can spend a lot more time trying to think out solutions for problems than I do asking the Lord to work them out or listening for His voice. My mistake- thinking that more thought is what is needed.
Dr. Curtis Thompson writes in his book The Anatomy of the Soul, “God built in us the ability to pay attention to what we pay attention to, which creates space for us to hear him; and out of this flows abundant life—testing and approving God’s good, pleasing, and whole will.”
I love that reminder that abundant life flows from Jesus, not from myself, not from my service to Him. He said, “I have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly.” Now that He’s got my attention, I want to keep it on Him more and more.
How does God get your attention?