1 – Dropping Distractions
Theme verse: “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:17-18)
The devil doesn’t need to destroy you if he can distract you.
“Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42)
The principle Jesus is teaching here isn’t about bad or wrong… it’s not even about doing something good, but it is about doing what is best.
1. Diminish the distractions.
“I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 7:35)
My life is too valuable, my calling too great, and my God too good to waste my life distracted by things that do not matter.
“Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” (1 Corinthians 15:33)
- Pray for the power to focus on the important
“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. 26 Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. 27 Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.” (Proverbs 4:25-27)
“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…” (Matthew 6:33)
You will never wander into holiness.
- Listen to the voice of God
“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.” (Isaiah 30:21)