Dogs are easily distracted. In the 2009 Disney animated movie “Up,” the villain of the story, Charles Muntz, uses a pack of highly trained dogs to do his bidding. Because it is a cartoon, the dogs are fitted with collars which allow them to speak to their master and each other.
Though the dogs are highly trained and intelligent, they are still dogs. So throughout the movie, as they carry out their tasks – at the most inopportune times – they suddenly snap their heads and say, “Squirrel!” Whatever task they were sent to do is quickly forgotten.
Dogs are easily distracted.
So are we.
Every Sunday, as we go to church, we are faced with our own mortality. We are reminded that we are going to die. We are warned that Jesus could come back at any time. In fact, you could die tonight. Jesus could come back tomorrow. And when he does, we will all face judgment.
In church, we are confronted with our sins and the hell they deserve. Thankfully, we are also comforted with the truth that Jesus suffered the punishment of those sins in our place. All those who believe in him are forgiven and have a home waiting for them in heaven.
In church, our hearts and minds are focused on what is really important. We are reminded that our lives in this world are a reflection of our faith in Jesus. Everything else pales in comparison. We walk out of church focused on our Savior and intent on living our faith in him.
Yet, almost without fail, as soon as we step out the door – “Squirrel!”
Well, maybe not “Squirrel!”
“Pizza Hut!” “Television!” “Football!” “Work!” “School!” “My family!” “My problems!”
We get distracted. We suddenly forget what we learned and how important it is until the next Sunday or the next month when we finally make it back to church to be reminded.
In Psalm 1, the psalmist tells us God blesses those who meditate on his Word day and night. In other words, church is not meant to be an isolated event we do on Sunday morning with no connection to the rest of our week or life.
Don’t get distracted. Keep your eyes and hearts focused on God’s Word – on Jesus and the forgiveness he won for us. Think about what God is teaching you on Sunday morning. Be like a cow – bring it back up during the week and chew on it again.
Read your Bibles during the week. When you’re done, think about what you’ve read. Pray about it. Think about it on your drive to and from work.
And whatever you do, don’t stop going to church. As sinful human beings, we need to constantly be reminded of what is important because in many ways we are like dogs – easily dis…
Oh look, a squirrel.