Multi-tasking hearts

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.

7 thoughts on “Multi-tasking hearts

  1. this was really encouraging… I have such a hard time committing because there are so many things we have to commit to these days, but this along with Jr. Kayamm has taught me that committing to god is not all hard work, but that it comes with slot of happiness as well!

  2. Thanks for this Pastor Jinha =] Please pray for me and my studying? I’ve hit a wall. I know I should come back to Him so that I can refocus, but I can’t. I want to distract myself, it seems, and not just with “bad” things. I find myself thinking of campmeeting, school, KASA, instead of thinking of my impending doom soon to come in about 2 weeks. -.-Prayer is very much needed.

    1. “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41,42) – spend time at the feet of Jesus. That’s the only – and the one – thing needed. Everything else will come – “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matt 6:33). Praying for you, Gina!

  3. I stumbled upon this devotional thought and truly have been blessed. I have most definitely put my multi-tasking skills to use. I too unpacked today/repacked. And between Jr. Kayamm and campmeeting I feel like I have my hands full. BUT, you have reminded me that in the midst of it all, I need to take the time to anchor myself to God daily. Please pray for me to keep my focus on God, and I will be praying for you also! I will be checking back here often (even though I cant attend LSF I’ll be there in heart!) 🙂

    1. you’ll be remembered/in my prayers as well ~ miss you, Kaitlyn. Keep Jesus the love of your life. And come visit soon! I have a spare bedroom for special guests. 🙂

  4. This was a needed and helpful post. This was the reason why I was so A.D.D. when it came to personal prayer time. Thank you for taking the time to write these devotionals. I just wanted to let you know that not only did I read it, but that I was blessed. Praying for you as you speak in Seattle. Wish I could’ve gone! Safe travels~

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