Last updated: June 26. 2014 1:30PM - 436 Views
By Russ Lawson



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About a year ago we got a newer car. It’s a nice car and it comes with some nice features, one of which lets us take our music recorded on CD’s and record it to a “memory stick,” then insert the memory stick into the car and play the music.


The only problem is that I have not been able to get this to work. I’ve worked on trying to get this to work properly for the past year now and finally by accident found that I was trying to get it to work with the wrong settings. I even broke down and read the manual and didn’t find this information. It seems that the music had to be recoded in something called “MP3 format.”


Now for all of you “Tech Savvy” folks out there this may have seemed like the obvious answer to the question, however to me it wasn’t. Honestly, I have fairly good computer skills; however I’ve never “ripped” music before, so I had no skills in this area. When I thought that the settings might be the problem I began doing some searching and found the answer.


You know, it’s no different with our relationship to God. There are lots of folks in this world of ours who struggle to know God or at least to try and have some kind of a relationship with him. The problem is that they just can’t seem to get it to work. Sometimes folks try for years to figure it out and some eventually just give up.


I believe sometimes it is that the settings just are wrong. What settings you might ask? The settings of our heart and mind!


Notice a couple of scriptures that give us some insight. In Colossians 3:1 we read: “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” And in Colossians 3:2 it continues, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” It’s really hard to focus on God when your focus is really somewhere else. It’s like trying to talk to someone when they are listening to their MP3 player or IPod.


Jesus himself talks about the ongoing struggle to know and serve God in Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” Why? It’s all about our focus!


Perhaps it would be better to say, It’s all about getting the settings right? It’s about living in such a way that we are pleasing to God by obeying His Words, which is doing his will. So, if you want to know God or build a relationship with him, then get into His Word and do what He says! Get our heart set on things above. Perhaps the apostle John says it best in 1 John 2:3 with these words, “We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.” How are you doing?


Russ Lawson is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with his column Today’s Challenges. He is the Director of World Christian Literature Outreach and can be reached at rlawson@wclo.net. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.


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