By Pastor Rod LaFee
I looked out at the beautiful weather and realized all the work that now has to be done. The lawn needs mowing, the weeds, which seem to just come up over night, either need sprayed or pulled. The trees should have all been trimmed by now and all the winter stuff needs to be put away once again. The garden needs so much attention. I see the onions popping out of ground, the strawberries turning green, and even the rhubarb is needing to be picked. How am I suppose to find all the time to do all this?
Even work is requiring more time. All of these things can easily distract us from spending time with God, after all He must understand that this has to get done. Today, I will just skip my time with God and I will try to find a way to make it up later. Does this sound all so familiar? In my reading this week I came across a little book called 2 John. This book has only 13 verses in it. So it basically was just a one page letter sent to a specific church. Back then in order to send a letter, you must find a person who is going to the place you are sending the letter and then trust him enough to know your letter is going to make it. Today, we just take it to the mailbox and let the Postal Service take care of it or we just send an email to that individual. In this short letter the Apostle John is sending a warning to the church to be on the look out for deceivers who would come and preach something other than Jesus Christ. In verse 10 it says “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him.” Even then, just as today, there are people who want to tell you Jesus really did not come as a man and died on the cross for your sins and mine. Verse 8 John said this, “Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward.” In other words, stay committed and strong in what you have been taught. The Bible also tells us the Devil is like a roaring lion seeking who he may devour. John ends his short letter by saying “…but I hope to come to you and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.” The Devil is the greatest of all deceivers and he would very much like to see me ignoring my time with God and doing the yard work instead, or hundred other things that need done. I have found out if I treasure my time with God in my Bible reading and prayer the day goes so much better. I tend to get more work done and my attitude is so much brighter; as John said “that our joy may be full.” I even notice He honors my prayers at times by sending others to come help me with all my work. I just can not wait to find the next short book in the Bible and see what it has for me!