On Wednesday night, I digressed in my message to speak concerning the battle our youth had staying focused in Church, considering all the “Electronic” devices we have in our world that divert our attention from life. Just think of the difference from 20 years ago! I am not saying the devices themselves are evil, or that it is sinful to have a cell phone, DS, laptop, iPod, Wii, Gameboy etc. What I am saying is that it is nearly impossible to get and keep the attention of those whose lives are constantly engaged in an “electronic world.” I have seen a shift in the last few years that is alarming, and many Churches have changed to meet the challenge of keeping their attention. It is almost like a contest of who can come up with the most entertaining and novel ways of breaking into the “electronic world” and capture it’s devotees.
Ecclesiastes 5:1 states, “Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.”
Time and time again in the Scriptures, Jesus stated, “Who hath ears to hear, let him hear…”
A very important verse to remember is Romans 10:17 which states, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” It is logical to assume that the reason some people miss the will of God is because they miss the Word of God. Now to be honest, a person could miss the will of God by missing the Word of God for reasons other than engagement in an “electronic world.” In Acts 20:1-12 we have the case of a young man named “Eutychus” falling asleep in the third loft and falling out of the window. It is important to notice vs.9 states, “as Paul was long preaching.” Now, some folks need more sleep than others, and others may be on medication that makes them sleepy, but many just do not prepare for hearing the Word of God by going to bed early enough to get a good night of sleep. I think most people in our Church put their children to bed early on Saturday nights for this reason and they are to be commended. In time, the result will be that their children will hear. I should add as well that the youngsters need more sleep and I have no problem with them going to sleep in Church. However, there comes a time when it is necessary for parents to remove all possible obstacles to insure they have ears to hear.”
We should “be more ready to hear” and stay focused when we go to the House of God.