Shiny Distractions

The world is full of shiny distractions. Everywhere you look, there is another thing, idea, or perspective that can distract us from where we should be focusing our attention. We have found that in today’s environment of having everything at our fingertips, it’s easy to fall into the trap of looking for quick fix solutions instead of going to Jesus–but he is the best one we can ever go to for advice. We meet with different people every week who have questions about their faith, questions about how to navigate current culturally popular topics, and questions about what they should or shouldn’t allow in their lives. These are all important questions and sometimes, we as believers, need someone else to confirm that we are headed in the right direction, or help to point us in the right direction. Often times the only advice we need to give comes in the form of a simple question: Why is Jesus not enough?

Sometimes we get distracted by the systems of the world which can cause us to look to those things to discover who we are, to find solutions for problems, or to receive advice. But why isn’t Jesus enough? I have found the simple answer to this question is that it is easy to be distracted when our focus is not on Jesus. But the more we focus on him, the more we focus on who he is, the more we focus on who he says we are, the more we realize that everything we need is in him.

I had a conversation with Jesus earlier this year about his attributes and I asked him to reveal his different attributes to me in a way I haven’t experienced in the past. His answer was simple and straightforward. He told me to read the book of John; so, I did. As I read through each chapter, I intentionally looked for anything that stood out as one of his attributes and wrote each one down. My list quickly grew to almost 100 different attributes that are revealed in this single book! Here’s just a few of the ones I found:

  • He doesn’t apologize for the truth
  • His truth sets people free
  • His words are eternal life
  • He desires for us to be with him
  • His words bring peace
  • His questions pierce our hearts

The more I learn about him, the more I am attracted to him! Have you ever thought about what it is that attracts you to Jesus? Have you wondered what is it about Jesus that makes you want to follow him?

I encourage you this week to think about these questions and go on your own journey through the scriptures to discover the attributes of Jesus. He really is enough for us!

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