Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value]. Col 3:2 AMP
There are so many things that clamor for our attention and devotion: our jobs, our kids, our spouses, our hobbies—the demands and distractions of life. And we have to be careful not to let them become more important or more of a priority than our relationship with God. The things that have eternal value should have more access to our hearts than things that are temporal.
The first of the Ten Commandments states we will have no other gods before Him (see Exodus 20:3). And Deuteronomy 5:8-9 says, You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind, or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods (NLT).
Yet how many of the things that occupy our time, money, thoughts and attention have taken the place where God is supposed to be? Anything can become a god to us—anything we pay more attention and affection to has become an object of worship. Even your feelings can become a god if you allow them to control you. We need to ask ourselves, are we bowing down to God and the things with eternal value or our attention is fixed on things with temporal significance? Whichever you pay attention to, would control your life. Fix your attention on things with eternal value and consequence, not temporal things. Attention is direction.
I Declare: Lord, today I declare that I will consistently keep my focus first on you. Nothing else deserves my time, attention and my worship. I will not give too much of my time and attention to things other than divine priorities.
Ignite Thought: Whatever fills your heart would rule your life. Where your attention go, you go!