"On coming to the house, they saw the child with His mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him." Matthew 2:11a
Ohhh...the opposite sex…Man! They can be a distraction. I was seeded first in our conference my junior year and, by all accounts, I should've beat everybody. BUT I had a “girlfriend” that came to the tournament. She was very pretty and I basically worshipped her. I was sort of one of “those guys” who was hopelessly desperate for a girlfriend. Needless to say, I was incredibly distracted throughout the tournament due to her presence. I ended up taking fourth place when I should’ve taken first. My attention should’ve been on my opponents, not on a girl. Even though that was 19 years ago my coach is still mad at me for it. Sorry coach.
What you worship takes your attention. That day my attention was in the wrong place. In verse 11, we see these wise men finding Jesus, bowing down and worshipping Him. Their attention was exactly where it needed to be. What a great day it was for them to finally see this baby/new born savior they had been seeking for so long. In wrestling the major issue to our success is distraction. If you want to win in wrestling you have to remove distractions so your attention is on practicing the fundamentals.
Much like your relationship with God, so many things can become a distraction and take your worship from its intended owner...God. Remember that God loves us regardless if we worship Him or not and is readily available for you to come back home. Even though this is true it is easy to get distracted in our faith. How do we refocus on God? Is it so easy as to simply refocus? IS this refocus a work of our own? We do not have time to truly answer these questions completely but I will try to very simply. Romans 2:4 says, “Or are you unaware of His rich kindness, forbearance and patience, that it is God’s kindness that is leading you to repent?” In other words, when we understand that God is good and that His thoughts towards me are good it will give me the motivation to change (repent). Repent is such a hairy word that has been debated for thousands of years on what it’s supposed to look like. The meaning of repentance in this verse means “a change of mind as it appears to one who repents.” Now let’s put it all together – when we get to truly know the goodness of God our actual brains change. In other words, you find yourself effortlessly wanting to be right and do right because of the goodness of God. Your desires will change. Which leads me to Psalm 37:4 which says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” These verses can be interchangeable. You may be reading this and hate that you get distracted so easy, you may hate that you’ve let your distractions take you away from your relationship with God. The reason you feel this way is because the Holy Spirit is trying to lead you back to a Father who loves you.
Going back to verse 11 with the wise men worshiping Jesus, they wanted to be there and worship Him. Their worship was a natural response to what they had been searching for so many years. They knew that this baby represented God’s crazy love for humanity. In essence sending Jesus was nothing more than His goodness being poured out on the earth. In other words when we get to know His goodness and love for us our attention almost effortlessly gets redirected back to Him. All of a sudden you’re changing and losing your desire for the world out of a response to how much He loves you. As you end today’s devotional quietly say to yourself, “God, you love me” and allow your heart to hear those words and find yourself focused on Him.