By Allen Domelle, Old Paths Journal
“And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.”
Have you ever been to a place and not been there in your mind? Have you ever seen a youth who was sitting in a class, but they really were not there because they didn’t want to be there? Too many people miss out on life because they are not there mentally or emotionally wherever they are physically.
When God told Moses to come up into the mount so that he could receive the tables of stone, He told him to “be there” when he came. This seems like a foolish statement for God to have to say because one is physically there if they are where God tells them to be. However, when God was telling Moses to “be there,” He was telling him not just to be there physically, but to be there with his whole being.
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One of the big mistakes many believers make is that they are where they are supposed to be, but they are not there. In other words, when you go to church, be there. When you go to pray, be there. When you read God‘s Word, be there. When you serve the LORD, be there. When you are not there when you are in church, you are going to miss something that God wants you to get. When you are not there when you pray, you are not going to pray with the intensity and heart that God wants you to pray. When you are not there when you are reading God’s Word, you will miss the truths that God has for you in His Word. Don’t just be there in body when you are doing something for God, but be there with all of your being.
Let me take this one step further. When you are with your spouse, be there. When you are with your family, be there. When you are at the job, be there. You are going to miss out on the joys of life if you are there physically, but not really there with your whole mind and attention. What does it mean to be there?
First, it means to give your full attention. Whatever you are doing, you must give your full attention to it. Don’t just be haphazard in your effort to what you are doing. If you are supposed to be listening to someone, give your undivided attention to them so you don’t miss what they are saying. If you are at a place, be at the place and stop worrying about the next place you are supposed to be. Whether you are at church, with your family, or conducting business in a business meeting, give your full attention to what you are doing so you don’t miss out on something that will help you to better do what you are supposed to do.
Second, it means to give your full effort. Don’t just do something with a half-hearted effort. Give your full effort to what you are doing. Always remember that if what you are doing is worth doing, then it is worth doing to the best of your ability. A half-hearted effort always leads to wasting time and poor results.
Third, it means to leave everything else behind, and enjoy being there with your whole being, including your emotions. The best way to be where you are supposed to be is to set EVERYTHING aside that would hinder your attention, including technological devices, and give your full attention and emotions to what you are doing. You will always be able to give your whole being and emotions to what you are doing if you are not sidetracked by other things.
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