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Focus on what really matters

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September 15, 2017

What we need ask ourselves is what object in my life has a greater priority than my commitment to God that is inhibiting my journey towards the kingdom of heaven?

I am writing this traveling at 883km/h at 11,583 metres in an A330-300 aircraft from Singapore to Yangon in Myanmar. I feel a bit like Abraham when he set off on a journey not knowing exactly where he was going and what to expect. Well, perhaps not quite like Abraham; I have some idea of where this plane is going but am not entirely sure what to expect when we arrive.

One can never be sure of what to expect when passing through customs at airports. I don’t imagine Abraham had the same difficulty at border controls but he did have to negotiate through some difficult situations. After passing through customs, we have been assured someone will be there to escort us to our overnight hotel.

The unexpected did happen when we went to collect our luggage. Three pieces of luggage had been left behind in Singapore. One was ours.

Irrespective of where we might be, whether at home or travelling somewhere, life is a journey. It is how we make the most of the journey that is important. Illness, an accident, or just getting older can impact upon the journey.

When I read the accounts of people Jesus encountered who had experienced unfortunate circumstances in their life, Jesus met their need and gave them life-changing experiences and a fresh start at life. Then there was a wealthy man who sought out Jesus. Such a person would be considered to have their life together and be journeying well in their various endeavours. Like the rich man in the Bible, this is not always the case. The big question is how you are journeying in life towards having a place in God’s heaven.

The rich man who approached Jesus was told to keep the commandments. He said he had done so for as long as he could remember. That being the case, Jesus suggested he should give away his money to the needy. The man went away unhappy. The problem was not that he was wealthy, but that he had allowed his wealth to became his prime focus.

What we need ask ourselves is what object in my life has a greater priority than my commitment to God that is inhibiting my journey towards the kingdom of heaven?

Robert Arnold

Pastor, Kyabram Baptist Church

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