Distractions boy can I speak on this subject, I feel like my life has at some point has been full of distractions. When you begin to listen to God and obey Him, you must always remain steadfast and in tune with God and the assignment at hand. Christians need to be aware of and avoid distractions, as they tend to inhibit the perfect will of God in us.
“…I speak for your own profit…that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.” 1 Corinthians 7:35.
A distraction is anything that prevents someone from giving their full attention to something or someone as they should. In the case of a Christian, a distraction is anything that takes their attention and desire away from God and His plans for their life. A distraction tends to cause the perfect plan(s) of God for an individual’s life to be delayed or even aborted. Time sensitive things, which need to be accomplished, can often be missed due to distractions. God’s Kingdom operates on time, and when we allow distractions to engage our time and attention, we often miss God’s perfect timing concerning people, things, and events.
Distractions take up time and energy that could be better spent somewhere else. The drain on productivity can be substantial. If our time is occupied with distractions, then something or someone is being neglected from having the benefit of our time, money, talents, and attention. Proper stewardship demands that we avoid all distractions that would otherwise steal from us and keep us from being productive for God, and to others. Lets just ponder that for a moment, just think if Jesus had become distracted during His assignment to go to Calvary for all our sins, and to restore our connection, what if He was caught up just think where would we all be today, that’s is just a very life shifting thought for me, that I thank Jesus for avoiding the distraction. Distractions may even rob us from being as close to God as He desires for us to be. God desires a close, personal relationship with us, but the cares of this world, and other distractions, can choke out our proper relationship with Him. Distractions which draw us away from God or God’s Word must be avoided.
“And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.” Mark 4:18-19.
“And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.” 1 Corinthians 7:35.
Satan is the father of lies, and he often uses distractions to keep us from being as close to God as we should be. A lie is an intentional false statement. A distraction, concerning our relationship with God, is designed to use anything (person, place, or event) by way of deception, to delay or abort a plan of God for an individual.
Satan can hinder or delay people from properly and timely serving God. “Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.” 1 Thessalonians 2:18.
Our enemy, the devil, has sown bad seeds (tares or weeds) among us to to try to distract and choke us. “But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.” Matthew 13:25.
He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Matthew 13:37-43.
I am the the type of person I love people, of all walks of life, and as a Christian we have to be so careful who we entertain. We must be a light to those in darkness, we can’t be of the light and love the dark, I am not speaking of people but behavior, the unclean things that we can find our selves entangled in because of our connections. We must hate the world and what it stands for, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” James 4:4.
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” 1 John 2:15-16. The things in the world are a distraction to the perfect will of God for us. We are to abide in, enjoy, and partake of all perfect things God has for us.
We Are To Redeem The Time Before Us, And Not Waste It Or Be Distracted
“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15-17.
“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” Colossians 4:5-6.
Our time upon this Earth is limited. We must not allow distractions to keep us from the work of the great calling that is before us. “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” John 9:4.
Woe unto them that are distracted and miss the perfect plan of God for their lives. We must run the race (of life) as to win. “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” 1 Corinthians 9:24. “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2.
The ultimate prize or reward for those who successfully finish the race (of life) is spoken of by Jesus in Matthew 25:21 “His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”
Distractions serve to weigh us down, cloud our minds and thinking, and otherwise prevent us from obtaining the fullness of what Jesus Christ would have for us to obtain in life. There is a whole world of the lost and dying people out there to be reached with the good news of the Gospel. Do your part, as directed by the Holy Spirit, to reach those who are assigned to you. Avoid all distractions, and serve the Lord diligently.