So I’m a multi-tasker. Today, I was unpacking from my Jr. Kayamm trip / packing for my Seattle trip while looking over Korean Camp meeting plans and receiving calls from wedding vendors. I was thinking of LSF as well… how I can be there for the members scattered across the US/Korea as well as those here in Berrien… and decided to post the weekly devotional thought on multi-tasking.
We’re a society of multi-taskers. We have ipods/ipads/iphones designed to multi-task, and we’re hardly ever still, silent, or isolated in this facebook/Google+ world. Our attention is divided into several places at once, and I for one can’t keep up … I drop IM conversations all the time as I get distracted by other things… (sorry)
No wonder we struggle to pray. Prayer requires an undivided focus …. a complete devotion to connecting with God. To give God all — what a difficult concept for postmoderns! To commit despite fluctuations in feelings and circumstances . . . to stay in prayer until we claim His promises . . . to wrestle with God and come out blessed.
We want the end result of peace with God without the heart work of worship, which requires our complete surrender of time, energy, and attention.
We have multi-tasking hearts, split into so many fragments that it’s hard to know anymore what we really want. That is, until the rubber meets the road. Until we face crisis. Then, our desperation focuses our mind and we cry out like King David, “Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name” (Psalm 86:11).
It’s a dangerous prayer, for God will teach us to turn our eyes on Him by displacing us from our comfort zone. In experiencing deliverance, our hearts ring true in one accord the praises of God. King David testified, “I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths, from the realm of the dead” (Psalm 86:12,13).
In realizing we have been saved from death, in understanding His great love, we can give undivided hearts back to God. But what will it take for us to see this truth? Will it take suffering? Will it take a near-death experience? Will it take laboring over other souls? I invite you today to take this tried-and-true way: reflect on the death of Jesus on the cross. Read those last chapters of each gospel. Ask Him in prayer why He died for you – you, with the multi-tasking heart — you, with the jaded, doubting mind. Why did Jesus still choose to die for you? May His answer break your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh, a heart undivided and aching for God and Him alone.
Father God, do whatever it takes to make me appreciate anew Your great love in saving me. Teach me, that I may trust. Give me an undivided heart. Amen.