March 13th Lenten Devotion

Attention?!

Jason Adams

Matthew 6:1-6

“Hey look at me!” he says, as he jumps off the top step. “Look what I can do!” she shouts, as she dangles from the monkey bars. As children, many of us loved to get the attention of parents, our peers, and just about anybody, when doing something new, bold, or interesting. Getting attention is an affirmation that we matter, we are doing something worth looking at, or setting an example. It’s all too human. Taken to the extreme, seeking attention might lead us to risky behaviors, unhealthy endeavors, or blatant egotism. We like to be affirmed, and at times we crave attention.  With social media, the temptation is even greater. We’ll show off our new purchase, home improvements, or even what we ate for lunch. Now we crave “likes” and “shares.”

Jesus teaches that those who follow him do things differently. They’re not after attention from religious leaders, not seeking status upgrades from the powers that be, and not working for the approval of others, but in acts of worship and service, living for and giving their attention to God first. Those who need attention will get it. Those whom Jesus calls know that the attention he gives is all they need. It comes in the form of mercy, love, and new life. This counter cultural attitude directs our efforts and attention away from ourselves and toward one who knows even better than us, what we really need.

Lord Jesus, turn us from ourselves and turn our hearts to your grace always. Amen.

 

 Rev. Jason Adams is Senior Pastor of Reformation Lutheran Church (ELCA) in downtown Las Vegas, NV.

 

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