maxresdefault“Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.’ And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.” Luke 23:34 Yes, as Jesus hung on the cross, those who put him there gambled for his clothes. It seems preposterous. Who would eyewitness Jesus’ love in such a excrucatingly sacrificial way, and be distracted by gambling? But it isn’t preposterous. It happens all the time. Jesus is right in front of me and I “gamble” right in front of him. As Jesus draws near to me through the masterpiece of a rainbow, I’m too distracted complaining that it rained. As Jesus opens the doors to his House every weekend, I get distracted with “stuff” and don’t go. As Jesus patiently waits in my heart to have a conversation, I’m too distracted in other conversation with texts, tweets and snapchats. Maybe we aren’t witnessing Jesus on the cross, but we are still witnessing Jesus. He is on his throne in heaven and actively involved in your Earth. But are you distracted? I don’t know where you are. But I know where I have been. I lived my teen and college years being distracted with the proverbial gambling of partying…right in front of Jesus. But these days, when I think of being in front of Jesus, I desire eyes closed, arms high, heart open. (Brokeness will do that to you.) I know we don’t want to be like those gamblers at the cross who missed the greatest display of love FOR them, right IN FRONT of them. Jesus loves you SO HONKIN MUCH, don’t the devil of distraction rob you of that!

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