The inspired writer was concerned about the welfare of his readers. He wrote, “We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away” (Hebrews 2:1), He was concerned that they were losing their spiritual focus.
Paul once told the Philippians, “For me to live is Christ” (Phil. 1:21). Living for Christ is not just what we do when we assemble to worship. We all have multiple roles in life as family members, employers, employees, friends, neighbors, brothers and sisters in Christ. It isn’t so hard to maintain our focus in the company of those who share our faith. It is when we function in other roles that we have our problems. How do I deal with a critical boss? If other students cheat at school, is it okay for me to do the same? How do I get along with a difficult neighbor? How can I cope when my debts pile up? How do I focus on Jesus when I hurt so much? There is no single answer to the problem of spiritual distraction, but here are a few suggestions.
KEEP IN TOUCH WITH GOD. Too often we try to cope without consulting God. The Christian who begins absenting himself from congregational worship has probably already let his prayer life slip and seldom reads the Bible. The failure to worship God is not just “getting out of the habit,” but is a symptom of lost spiritual focus. God is not factored into daily problem solving.
FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF JESUS. He has taught us now to live. Equally important, he has shown us how to apply the divine principles in dealing with human needs. What would Jesus do if he were in my shoes.
COMPROMISING CONVICTIONS IS NOT AN OPTION. When we find ourselves in a bind it is tempting to violate the principle to which we have subscribed. Suppose you find $10,000 and know you can locate the owner. You are covered up with debt and the money would solve the problem.. Would you think about keeping it? Now, debating what to do is not wrong, but if we are focused on Jesus we will not even entertain the idea of keeping the money.
SEEK THE HELP OF OTHER CHRISTIANS. Your fellow believers are imperfect, but even if you think they will not appreciate your dilemma, they love you and are there to encourage you. The Hebrew writer admonished the brethren not to forsake their meeting together so that they could encourage each other (Hebrews 10:25). But remember this; if I want others to help me with my problems, I must first make an effort to know them.
Author: Monroe E. Hawley