Hours, sometimes even days later, the victimized merchant realizes things are missing and call the police. Too late.
How often this effective strategy is used by our enemy, the devil, who like a thief comes to kill, steal and destroy. We are seduced into paying attention to distractions around us, while evil agents ransack our lives.
What is it that is distracting you today? It may be something trivial, but which has become important to you that it causes you to forget the most important things in life. Hobbies, interests, social media or other relaxing diversions (which we all need), can sometimes take over too much of our time and attention.
Or it may be something very important that needs to be taken care of and you would do well to make sure it is dealt with, but still might be something to take your mind of the things off God and His will for your life. Financial issues, family matters, social commitments- all important things which occupy our daily lives, could also be used as an excuse to neglect our spiritual disciplines or commitments.
Let us resolve to not let anything take our eyes off of Jesus and to “press on” toward that upward call.