I read this verse last week…
Luke 21:34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.” Jesus was talking about the end times… and His glorious return!
This verse has been nagging at me all week. I even had to look up the word dissipation – in my Bible dictionary it read that dissipation is living only for your own pleasure; wasting your life on foolish or evil pleasures. One of the definitions on an online dictionary describes it as a wasting by misuse. The other part of the verse – the anxieties of life – also caught my attention. Jesus is specifically instructing us to be careful that we don’t let ourselves be distracted from what’s important. We have a choice!!!
This time of year it is so common to slide into dissipation – a wasting of our time, money, energy – when we lose focus on the real reason for Christmas – Jesus’ birth. We get weighed down with the anxieties of life – multiple (stressful?) Christmas celebrations, going overboard with presents and shopping, wondering if we have enough money to handle the load! If we focus on those types of things, we have misused the time we have to focus on Jesus – to teach our children to focus on Jesus – or to do the countless other things God might be calling us to do to build His Kingdom this Christmas season.
This year I want to stop and focus on what is really important – Jesus. I’m not going to allow my heart to be weighed down with dissipation and the anxieties of life.
How about you?