As a young boy and teenager, it used to bug me when my mom would shut down the screen time. "Turn it off," she would say. Always the negotiator I would always ask, "Why can't I play a little longer?"
"You've been playing for hours already. No more. It's a waste of time." Momma knows.
It is incredible how easily parents and society are able to recognize that overplaying video games is a waste of time. Go out and make something of yourself. Stop investing your time and energy in something that is temporary - that will be turned off and lost - that is merely a distraction/abstraction from reality.
Our heavenly Father says the same thing - except the "video games" are all those worldly things we invest in that mean nothing for our eternal reality. On the Day we come into His heavenly mansion, every manner of worldly living - of passing glitz and glory - will be turned off and lost. God hits the power button on this world, just as surely as my mom hit the power button on the TV screen. Why are we distracted by these things? Why are we so slow to recognize they are a waste of time?
We are like spiritual teenagers - eyes glued to the things of this world - even though we know its dying and in the end - only God's Word will remain. Why can't we devote time to studying the only thing that will endure? Why do we struggle to give time to our congregation and its duties here on earth, when these will be the things that won't be "turned off" on the Last Day? It's time to turn away from these things - and turn back to God. He calls us - as surely as my mom called me - He calls us by name, and bids us come and look into eternal things, heavenly things, His things.
The Father sent His Son to do His holy will. To take care of our eternal welfare. In His death and resurrection, we are safe - AND we are given a chance to "get off the couch" of worldliness and invest our time and energy in what will endure. You are forgiven. God has got your eyes off the "screen" of distracted discipling - NOW - go out and make disciples - study God's Word - be ready with an answer when you get asked - support and serve those in your congregation in their efforts to do the same - and know the Lord Himself will drive you and strengthen you and have your back along the way.