What really matters?

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures…

1 Corinthians 15:3

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson went on a camping trip. After sharing a good meal, they retired to their tent for the night. At about 3 a.m., Holmes nudged Watson and said, “Watson, look up into the sky and tell me what you see.”

Watson replied, “I see millions of stars.”

Holmes asked, “And what does that tell you?”

Watson replied, “Astronomically, it tells me there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo. Theologically, it tells me that God is great and we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it tells me that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you, Holmes?”

Holmes retorted, “Someone stole our tent.”

Sometimes it’s the most obvious things that escape our attention. In our relationship with God, we can focus so much on insignificant things like music, teaching styles, and Bible translations that we miss what really matters – knowing and loving Jesus Christ.

So don’t get sidetracked by the small stuff in your spiritual life. Focus first and foremost on your relationship with your Savior!


Prayer Challenge

Pray that God would help you remain constantly focused on the things that matter in your spiritual life.


Questions for Thought

What are some of the small things that sometimes trip you up in your spiritual life?

What can you do to keep your focus on what really matters in your walk?