July 09, 2021 Stephen Klukas

Friday Focus 7/9/21

Everyone ready for the weekend??? I don't know if it's the aftermath of July 4th or if it's just been a busy week, but I'm ready to see you all in worship.

My wife and I have been moving some furniture around this week. I suppose that happens when you have a new baby on the way. What we knew and quickly affirmed was that there would not be enough room in the nursery for all the wonderful things my wife desired to place therein, which naturally means that some things are being hauled out and others are being relocated. As the dust finally settled, a box of books was hoisted out to be moved up to my church office where they could be put to better use.

I share this because as I was taking those books out of that box and arranging them on my shelves, I was listening to a podcast which reaffirmed time and again how important -- no, VITAL -- it is to have the Word of God be the central focus in a pastor's teaching. This, combined with some reading I'd done recently on how (again) VITAL it is for a disciple of Christ to be in the Scriptures every day made me think:

What are the things we make room for in our lives?

What things are filling up our "nursery?"

If the Word of God MUST be the central focus for our spiritual maturity and holiness, what things need to be taken out, relocated, or hauled away entirely? I've spent a lot of time in fruitless pursuits: video games, fiction books, scrolling through social media. I'm sure you can think of your own examples. Some things can be reprioritized, but sometimes there are things that need to be hauled out so that God gets the priority He deserves.

We all can use some time doing some housekeeping, so be sure to come together this weekend so we can encourage and strengthen each other with the Word of God.

See you in worship.