Volume 34 Number 9


I saw an item on the news this week about a family who had turned off anything with a screen for six months. That meant no cell phones, computers, televisions, movie theatres or other electronics for six months. You probably have some mixed feelings as you think about this concept. The mother stated that while they were connected online, they were becoming more and more disconnected at home I have to admit I am guilty of this bad habit. During the multi-day ice storm power outage last year, my family spent our time playing card and board games, hide and seek, talking and reading. The inconvenience resulted in a great blessing. There are times when it is time to unplug so you can plug into something far more important.

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy (Exodus 20:8-11).

When God took Moses up on the mountain one of His goals was to give the leader of His people a set of rules to base their lives on. He included as one of these rules, “Remember the Sabbath.” In His wisdom God saw that we need to come to Him without any distractions that draw our minds and hearts away. There is so much that can pull us away from our time with Him. In our society it is not only our hearts and minds that are drawn away from worshipping Him, it is our bodies also. Our worship times are often trumped by other activities. I wonder how God feels about that? He demands our hearts, minds and time.

It is time that we stop enabling the processes that draw us away from a vital duty as Christians–honoring and praising our Father without any distractions. It is time we give Him our unplugged lives and plug into the One who is our, Father, Master, Creator, Spirit and Savior.

You shall have no other gods before me (Exodus 20:3).

Wade McKnight, Southern Oaks Church of Christ, Chickasha, OK

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