Wednesday, December 23, 2009

obsession

What are you obsessed with? Money, looks, sex, power, pride, technology, etc. I just read an article from The New York Times entitled “To Deal With Obsession, Some Defriend Facebook. Here is the link to the article.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/21/technology/internet/21facebook.html

It really got me to thinking about the purpose of this group and the reason why I wanted to start it sometime ago. This culture, our culture is obsessed with everything but God and our relationship with Him. As a pastor I am always telling the people I minister to, to focus on Jesus and spend time getting to know Him. I have to confess that I am hypocritical.

For example, I look at how I spent most of my day yesterday. Everything I did was all about me. I did not humble myself at all to really listen for God yesterday. I spent the morning organizing my office, so it would look nice. I then went to lunch and a basketball game and to the Las Vegas Bowl and then came home and drank hot chocolate, took a shower, and went to bed. I was obsessed with me yesterday.

Think about yourself for a moment. What are you obsessed with? Do you wake up in the morning looking to be obsessed with Jesus Christ? We are approaching a new year. This is the time when we make resolutions to be nicer, lose weight, read more, and spend less money.

If we followed the Greatest Commandment given to us by Jesus Christ as our resolution, how would our lives change? How would the lives of the ones around us change? Jesus says, “to love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” To take it a bit further and look back in the book of Deuteronomy 10 the title of the section of scripture is “to circumcise your heart.” In verse 12 it goes onto say, “what does the Lord require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul.”

Cut off the part of your heart that is causing you to obsess and refocus your heart and fearing God, walking in His ways, loving Him and serving Him fully. Make that your obsession.