Division Doesn't Add Up
Division Doesn’t Add Up
By: Jason Fredregill
Hopefully, I got your attention with the title. Some of you started reading it, because you know that division doesn’t add – it divides. Some of you started reading this and still have no idea that division doesn’t add up. Some are good at math – others are not.
I am pretty good at math. I always have been. I almost always tested at the top of my class and I even represented my school in a math contest. Although, I have to admit that the name of the category I tested the highest in was called, “Luck or Logic.” I’m still not sure if I logically was able to come with the most correct answers or if I just got lucky.
The world may never know!
The other day for my daily devotion time, I read James 4:8, which reads…
“Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.” James 4:8 (NLT)
This is the problem that I see in the world. There are so many people who claim to be Christians, who are spending way too much time in the world and not enough time with God. The world is screaming at us. There are so many distractions and the problem is that we are too easily distracted.
We are a lot like Doug from the movie Up. If you aren’t familiar with the reference, Doug is a dog that is constantly distracted by squirrels and he easily loses his focus. How many of you are like Doug? I am. There are a lot of squirrels in my life. A lot of things that are screaming for my attention and more often than not, they distract me from spending time with God.
The truth is that I have been wanting to write this article for three days and I am finally getting around to it. It’s not to say that I have chosen not to write this because I was busy spending my time like the Prodigal Son on “wild living.” I haven’t been in Las Vegas. I actually have been having amazing time with God, but this is something that He put on my heart and it was something He intended for me to write earlier.
I didn’t need to spend as much time created images (of Bible verses) to post on Instagram. I didn’t need to spend as much time learning how to use a new computer program (even though its pretty cool). I didn’t need to do a lot of things – things that weren’t bad – but they weren’t what God was calling me to do.
Life is busy. We have a lot of things going on – or at least – we used to. There are a lot of things that scream for our attention. Friends. Family. Sports. Social Media. Television. Music. Laziness. Exercise. And if there is one thing that I have learned about God – He won’t scream. He gently whispers. He speaks in the quietness. If you don’t believe me, read the story of Elijah attempting to listen to God in 1 Kings 19. God doesn’t scream, but the world does and because the world is screaming, we are getting distracted and because we are getting distracted, we are becoming divided. Our loyalty is being divided. Jesus said that we should give God all of our heart, soul, strength and mind. ALL. ALL OF IT!
God gave everything for us and all He asks is that we give Him all in return. If we give God ten percent – we are divided. If we give God fifty percent – we are divided. If we give God ninety-nine percent – we are divided. Anything short of one hundred percent is division.
As a people. As Christian people. As the Church. We need to stop getting distracted. We need to tune out the screaming and tune into the whispers. We need to be fully loyal to God!
Can you imagine what the Church (God’s people) could do if we All gave God EVERYTHING?
Division doesn’t add up!