God has a way of getting our attention. In scripture, God will say things more than one time to emphasize a point to the reader. One topic God continuously writes to us about – and one that should get our attention – is making sure we are paying attention to ourselves and focusing on what is important. God wants his children to make sure they are watching where they are going in life. One verse that comes to mind is when Paul writes to Timothy. He said, “But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.” Paul was wanting Timothy to pay attention to his spiritual life.
Have you ever been driving down the interstate and look ahead to see that traffic is almost stopped. You see flashing lights ahead, but it doesn’t look that bad. When you get closer, you realize it was a fender bender, and the real reason traffic is backing up is because people are slowing down to rubberneck at the accident.
I wonder how often we do this with our own spiritual life. We pay so much attention to what other people are doing or looking at other people faults, that we stop looking ahead. It slows us down or even stops us in our own journey through life. We can look at others so much that we lose focus on ourselves. God wants us to help others along the way, but we also must continue to pay close attention to ourselves, as well. In I Timothy 4:16, Paul again reminds Timothy of this very thing, “Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.”
Let us not lose focus on our own spiritual life. Pay close attention to ourselves so that we don’t lose our own soul. The writer of the book of Hebrews says this: “Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.” Don’t “rubberneck” others so much that we fall away and lose sight of God in our own life. Watch where you are going!