Spiritual Distractions -Part 1
A deadly accident occurred in Texas a few years ago, when a young man was driving his pickup truck. He slammed head-on into a mini-bus carrying 14 churchgoers, killing 13 of the passengers. The young truck driver managed to survive and admitted that he was texting right before the crash. Obviously, he wasn’t focused on driving. A Texas court sentenced the young man to 50+ years in prison. Living our Christian faith each day, also requires that we remain focused on the road before us, and not be distracted by the world around us.
In 1 Corinthians 11: 2-3; Paul writes to believers in the Corinthian Church… ‘I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband so that I might present you as pure virgins to Christ our Lord-and-Savior. But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve, your minds are being led astray from the purity and simplicity of the Gospel and your devotion to Christ’.
The world offers many things that can lead Believes astray from their focus on Christ. King Uzziah is a good example. He served Judah for fifty-two years; where for most of those years he sought the Lord, serving Him faithfully. God caused the king to prosper, but as his fame and fortune spread, he became corrupt and lost sight of his Lord and his God. And due to his sin, God struck Uzziah with leprosy; cutting him off from his people, and all because of his Pride and lack of devotion to Jehovah. King David stumbled in his faith as well; giving in to his lust for Bathsheba; an affair that led him to commit murder. God did forgive him, but never let him build the Temple that he spent years gathering the materials for; he had too much blood on his hands. King Solomon, his son, was given that honor.
Removing worldly influences in our life is a constant battle; satan is a hard charger and doesn’t give up easily. 1 John 2: 15, tells us… ‘Do not love the world or the things in it. And if anyone loves 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 boastful pride of life is not from the Father, but is from the world.’ Our loyalty and diligence are important to God. Remember, pride and idolatry are never acceptable in God’s eyes. So how do we stay focused on Jesus and not on the world? The Book-of-Hebrews is an excellent book to help us do just that. In chapter 12: 1-2, it encourages us… ‘Therefore, since we also have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let’s rid ourselves of every obstacle and the sin which so easily entangles us; let us run our race before us with endurance, looking only at Jesus, the originator, and perfecter of our faith. Who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and sitting down at the right hand of the Throne-of-God’. So, we see that spending time in prayer and reading God’s Holy Word is fundamental to staying close to God and Christ. As we feed our minds and hearts with God’s Wisdom and Understanding, our thoughts and deeds will naturally follow suit. Making this a daily habit gives a Believer victory over their inclinations to be drawn away from their first love, Jesus.
And as we conclude Part 1 of this discussion, I would note that earthly distractions should never be compared with our love for Christ. The blessings that God provides us in this life and His promise of eternal life to come, are far more enticing than anything the world could ever offer me.
Remember, it is God’s Holy Word and His Holy Spirit, that keep us on that narrow path, leading to the small gate and to eternity with our God and our Savior, Jesus Christ.