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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

What Might Be Distracting Me

In review of Luke 9:62 it says, “Anyone who lets himself be distracted from the work I plan for him is not fit for the kingdom of God”

Bottom Line:
Don’t allow yourself to be distracted from the work at hand for his Kingdom.

What does this means to me:
If I willingly allow myself to be distracted from the work he has planned for me, then I become worthless for the Kingdom.

I know that my life should be used to furthering his Kingdom. However at times I’m like lots of others who want to be used by God, but aren’t. A lot of this happens because of allowing ourselves to get too busy with our own agenda’s. I may allow myself to get distracted by my busyness, selfishness or by allowing the enemy to talk me out of following through on a prompting.

If I am to be serious about being used by God, I need to adopt setting aside my life and agent for doing what the Lord prompts me to do.  So in order to do this, I need to consider what do I need to cut out or what are the barriers that are holding me back, the ones that are keeping me from running the race he has planned for me?”

Jesus tells me in Luke 9:62, “Anyone who lets himself be distracted from the work I plan for him is not fit for the kingdom of God” (TLB).

So here are some areas for me to consider that could distract me from my life mission:

First, the expectations of others. I’ve got to decide who I’m going to please first in life. I can only have one number one.

Second, hobbies/entertainment. There’s nothing wrong with these things. But if they distract me from the most important things, then I need to let go of them.

Third, my past and a refusal to let go of it; whether it’s guilt or resentment or grief. If I’m stuck in the past, then I cannot get on with the present, and I certainly can’t get on with God’s future for me. The past is past. It’s over! Let it go.

As I consider what to let go of, I can reflect on 1 Corinthians 10:23, “‘Everything is permissible,’ but not everything is helpful” (HCSB). A lot of things aren’t necessarily wrong; they’re just not necessary. Life is often a choice between “Am I going to do something good?” or “Am I going to do what’s best?”

If the enemy can’t make me bad, he’ll make me busy or distracted. He’ll get me so busy that I don’t have time for the important stuff, such as time alone with God, ministry, and mission.

I need think about whether I need to simplify life and eliminate distractions so that God can use me. I shouldn’t try to do it all. Rather I should do what matters most!

Today, I will consider what are the most important things in my life. In particular, I will think of some of the good things that I’ve put first. Is it distracting me from God’s mission and the more important things?