A little over a year ago I was sitting in a room full of Northeast Elders. I remember one of them asking about football. At that time in life I liked football but it wasn’t a huge part of my life. My wife can attest that football isn’t as big in New England unless it’s the NFL and Tom Brady. Being immersed in a culture that loves some college football, I’ve watched more and paid attention more than I have in the past. As I’ve met new people, one of the questions I get asked is, “Who do you follow?” As I proceed to tell them that it’s not Tennessee, or Alabama, or any SEC team, a look of shock and horror comes across the face of most people. Football though can represent a lot of things. Time spent with friends and family, joy and excitement when our team does well, pain and suffering when we lose (or are rooting for Tennessee), and so much more. There are times that football is referred to as a religion because of the dedication, time, and passion people put into it.
This made me think… What if we gave God the same type of commitment a lot of people give football? What if we took the time every weekend to set time aside for God like some people do for football? What would happen if we talked about God as much as football? Maybe football isn’t your thing, you can replace football with something else like school, work, sewing, shopping, you name it. The point is, are we giving God the time and devotion that He deserves?
Jeremiah 2:32 tells us, “Does a young woman forget her jewelry, or a bride her wedding dress? Yet for years on end my people have forgotten me.” Ouch. That verse hurts a lot. It shows the reality that the Israelites had been living in. One in which they had forgotten the Lord, their husband, for centuries. Is this how we are treating our relationship with God? Are we so consumed by everything else that we are putting God on the back burner? We need to be pursuing God with every step and breath of our life just like we would our husband or wife. But we often find ourselves in a place where we are chasing everything else instead of the one we should really be chasing.
Matthew also gives us something to think about. In Chapter 6:33 is says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Above all else in our lives we need to be seeking out the kingdom of God. Scripture doesn’t tell us to do all these other things first and then seek God. Scripture tells us to seek the kingdom of God above everything. We need to pursue it, to find it, and chase after it. God wants us to make a commitment to seeking Him through our lives even more so than we do a commitment to football or anything else.
The reality is that there are bundles and bundles of things that can be pulling for our attention. It might be football, it might be games, possibly work, school, or a hobby. None of these things are necessarily bad for us but they can be when they pull us away from God. Where do you stand with God and your relationship with Him today? Are you forgetting about Him while you chase after other commitments, or are you making God the biggest commitment in your life? As the world pulls you in many directions, which direction will you ultimately choose? Seek the kingdom of God and pursue Him over the many options the world presents us. When someone looks at our lives I pray that they can say, “They follow God.”
Be Blessed, Mark