Satan’s greatest weapon against Christianity is distractions. If he can keep you focused on the world, it’s easy to draw you away. What can you do about it?
Technology, work, family, school, sports, to-do lists; none of these are bad. And though the old saying goes, you can’t have too much of a good thing, it’s usually said ironically. Fortunately for us, too much of God is impossible. The Bible tells us his riches are unsearchable (Ephesians 3:8), meaning no matter how much we get to know him, we’ll always have more to learn. If we spend our time on the things of Christ, we will never waste our time.
Fixing Your Mindset
The first thing you can do is to fix your mindset. We think we’re only living for God if we are pastors or missionaries. This is not true at all. The mother that stays home, the person who works hard every day, the student giving their best, these people can live for God.
To live for God means you are walking after the spirit and not after the flesh (Galatians 5:25). You can walk in the spirit as you make your bed, hug your spouse, play with your children. All these things are good, created by God, and meant to for us to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17). If we follow the Bible and do things the way God told us to, then we will abide in his love (John 15:10).
God has a general and a specific will for us. The general will is what he expects all Christians to do. The specific will is what he expects or wills of you specifically. Whatever God has called us for, if we do this, then we are living for God, even if it isn’t being a missionary or a preacher (Romans 12:6-8).
Living for Christ means that there are things we should avoid doing. (1 John 1:6). But, Christianity is not rooted in what you do or don’t do, it is rather rooted in what you love. What you love determines what you dedicate your time to. Are you willing to love God?
Switch off Your TV
Switching off my TV and getting off my behind has helped me tremendously. Many years ago I spent an entire holiday watching series and movies. It made me feel sick to my soul. Life felt empty, and it wasn’t long before I felt depressed.
Everyone has their own weaknesses and temptations, but Ephesians 5:16-18 teaches us not to waste time but to be filled with the Spirit. Watching TV made me depressed because God didn’t intend for us to be lazy sloths. There is a time and place for the TV, but it should never be your best friend, and, let’s be honest, there are many shows Christians have no business watching.
I no longer laze around daily wasting my life on a sofa staring at a screen, and my life has changed drastically. I have been more productive in every area of my life. I have also been more sensitive to the spirit of God. I now have a conviction over things I never even realized before.
Further, I also started filtering what I watch. I now check the parent’s guide on IMDb of every show and movie. The Bible says not to put anything evil in front of our eyes. It has been a few months now and I never want to turn back. TV can draw you away from God—social media, too. Use it wisely.
Listen to Audio Bible in the morning
Other than listening to sermons often, I also listen to an audio-Bible in the morning as I prepare for the day. It helps me set my mind on Christ for the day. Matthew 4:4 teaches us that, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”
It can take one verse in the morning to change your life, save a marriage, restore a relationship, or find joy. God speaks to us through his Word. There was a time when I was stubborn and rebellious to the core. But God, through his word, taught me the value of submission and obedience to Him.
I am very far from perfect and like all other people, prone to backsliding. Yet, every time I fall into sin, it has been this small habit that has drawn me back to God. The silence of the morning, as beautiful as it is, makes me uncomfortable. I long for the word of God in the morning. Will you join me in this great habit?
There are many other great habits and mindsets that can help us live for Christ; praying, reading Christian books, listening to sermons, spending time with other believers, and helping others. But sometimes it’s best to start small and build from there. First, we need to fix our attention on the Father, the Son, and the Spirit.