Where is your life leading? Are you pursuing things that further the kingdom of God or are you pursuing things that bring pleasure to your own life? The Western world is filled with marketing that caters to our desires for pleasure and entertainment. We are regularly bombarded by images, music and slogans that have absolutely no kingdom value. Remember, we are supposed to be bringing the Kingdom of God down to this earth. We are supposed to be preparing our world to house God’s kingdom. Are the things we are pursuing and allowing to influence our lives moving us toward or away from that goal?
So much competes for our attention on a daily basis. What matters is what you allow to actually capture your attention. Jesus was pretty clear about where our attention should be focused; we should be continually focused on the poor, the hurting, the hungry, the thirsty, the homeless, the widow, the single moms and the orphans. How does this list compare with what has your attention today? Every time we take our eyes off of the mission of Jesus, we are turning against that very same mission. How will we explain ourselves when we stand and face Jesus? How will we account for our time? We have such a limited number of years here on earth that we cannot afford to waste a minute of it. Unfortunately, most of us waste the vast majority of our time in pursuit of things that have no relevance to the Kingdom. It is vital we understand that we are responsible for how we spend every moment of our lives.
I am not advocating that we should never do anything for simple fun or entertainment, but we must make certain that these activities do not dominate our lives. Whenever you plan your day, make certain to include kingdom building tasks and activities. Before engaging in anything, do a quick mental check and ask yourself if this action will advance the kingdom of God in any way. Will it negatively affect the advancement of the kingdom? We are called to live a different life from those who do not follow Christ. The road we travel is narrow, and we cannot carry much baggage. We must live and walk simply. Most of all, we must be careful to not fall behind or stumble to the side. Let those around you pursue the pleasures of this world. We have a higher call on our lives, an example we must set.
Perhaps you feel as if you will be missing out on things if you do not take advantage of what the world has to offer. Think about that for a minute; you are afraid that by following Jesus, the one to whom you have sworn allegiance, the one you claim to love above all else, that you might miss something better. Know this: there is nothing so satisfying as walking as Jesus walked, loving like He loved, and serving as He served. You will not miss a thing. To believe otherwise is to believe the lies of the enemy and to buy into the messages being put forth by the media. Who is it that you trust to tell you the truth – Jesus or Madison Avenue?
Try an entertainment fast. Refrain from some form of entertainment media for thirty days; don’t watch television, don’t eat out, don’t play video games, don’t turn on the radio, etc. Whatever it is that might be a sacrifice to you, try giving it up for 30 days. Do it for Jesus, commit the time to Him. You’ll be amazed how much time you have on your hands and how much more you are able to accomplish.
Are you living for the kingdom or yourself? Will you be ashamed to give an account of how you spent your time on earth? Are you working towards making the kingdom of God a reality on this earth? If not, why not? Where are your loyalties? Is He truly your Lord? If He is, you will follow Him regardless of the consequence. Check your motives and priorities, and change what you must. Embrace the deep joy of following Christ and giving Him all that you have.