A Weighted Down Heart

But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.”  Luke 21:34

Last week I read and article cited from Ed Stetzer’s blog entitled, “Confessions of a failed church planter.”  The article was very helpful in many ways.  In particular there was one comment that stuck like a knife, “I became a demented dabbler.” The author continued to describe his demented dabbling, “I found myself self involved in so many things that at the end of each day I had only dabbled in all of them.”

Question, “Am I the only one who says, ‘ouch,’ at this point?”  For me the ouch got worse as I began my study of our More For Christ readings, Lk 21:34-32:23.  Here Jesus finishes his discussion concerning His second coming.  And then Luke records the scene of the last supper.

For our time, I want to focus on Lk 21:34-38 as Jesus helps us to not be a demented dabbler.  Two things stand out:

1.  We see a strong warning of things to flee, Vs: 34-35

We are to flee those things that would cloud our minds away from the truth.  Jesus lists these things as dissipation and drunkenness.  I wonder, “What are those things that cause you and I to be clouded in our thinking?”  Daily we must flee such things.  We must flee from those things that would cause us to lose focus on God’s calling in our lives.  There have been many well-meaning believers who lives have become unproductive because they have found themselves consumed with the cares of this life.

2. We see strong wisdom for the things we must focus, Vs: 36-38

Jesus teaches us to focus on purity instead of perversion.  Jesus teaches us to focus on prayer and we will not be preoccupied.  Jesus teaches us to persevere instead of giving in.

Some day we will stand before the Lord.  Oh how I pray that you and I will be found completely focused on Him and we will not be weighted down with the cares of this life.

For further study consider, II Peter 3:10-12 and I Thessalonians 5:5-10

 

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