Are You Paying Attention?

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Phones have become a major cause of distraction in our society. On our roads we are often warned against using our phones while driving and while crossing the road. According to the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) in 2019, more than 2,000 people died on the road through reckless driving, and most of them were caused by a driver or pedestrian being on the phone while driving/crossing the road. So many campaigns against reckless driving run in Kenya, reminding the masses about the dangers of not paying attention on the road. Most accidents happen because of a second of not paying attention. When one decided to read a text message, check out what is happening on social media or even pick calls. People are dying because of not paying attention.

The same phones have caused drama in marriages. I’m not talking about its hidden contents. (That is a story for another day) I’m talking about being on phone when your spouse is talking to you, waking up and running to the phone before even saying hi to your spouse, shunning away advances from your spouse because you are busy on social media. We are not paying attention to each other; we are not paying attention to our children, because there is a friend who went on holiday and we need to check out their photos on social media. WE have even taught our children to sit and play games on phones during family dinners. No one is talking to the other. Families are dying because of not paying attention.

Now let’s come to church, would you leave your phone at home when going to church? ‘Oh no Rawder, I use my phone to read the Bible and also to give tithes and offerings. So I must carry it.’ Okay, I understand, but I have a few questions. Why are you on social media during the service? Why did you reply that text? Why don’t you even remember what was taught? Could it be because your phone, which you must carry, took away your attention? It does not only take away our attention while in church, your entire spiritual life is affected. The phone is what you reach out for when you wake up, and you spend hours on social media. The Bible might or might not come in second, after all you just need to rush through a verse then remember how late you are for work. Prayer has been affected too, I have seen people pray while answering a text, speaking in tongues with a phone in hand, it rings and they receive it. There are so many cases to point out. The truth is that our spiritual lives are crumbling because we are not paying attention.

They say ‘whatever you pay attention to is magnified.’ God is calling us to pay attention to Him: To His word. Proverbs 16:20 says ‘Pay attention to what you are taught, and you will be successful; trust in the Lord and you will be happy.’ Pay attention to His wisdom. Pay attention to the voice of the Holy Spirit, Pay attention to His direction. Hebrews 12:2 reminds us to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. In other words, pay attention! Maybe we are doubting God’s faithfulness because we stopped paying attention to His power. Maybe we are afraid because we stopped paying attention to His promises. Pay attention to God and He will be magnified in your life.


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