Do you feel that it’s a constant struggle to get things done? Lately I’ve felt like my time with God is getting pushed back because I don’t have the time. However, when I look at my schedule it’s not that I don’t have the time but I’m honestly distracted. How do we keep our attention on God when we feel distracted?
Earlier this week my pastor was preaching on distractions and I remembered that I had this article in my drafts folder from months ago. I remember God telling me to write and post this but somehow I forgot about it. How often do we forget to do what He said because we’re distracted?
We would rather use our time distracted instead of spending our time with God and carrying out his will. We are okay with scrolling through social media, being in bad relationships, or wasting time on projects we were not called to do. I know because I’ve guilty of it, and what I didn’t realize is that while I was doing that I was drifting away from God.
1 Corinthians 7:35 And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction.
The Purpose of Distractions
Let me start by saying that there’s nothing wrong with social media or other activities when it’s under the right circumstances. The problem lies when those things consume our time and pull us away from accomplishing other task. A distraction by definition is a thing that prevents a person from giving their full attention to something else.
When you think about it, a distraction is a perfect weapon for the enemy to use to divert our attention off of Jesus. That’s why every time we think about spending time with our Father our minds shift to doing chores, checking our Snapchat, or about random people. The world pulls us away being able to experience Him.
In order to eliminate our distractions, we have to become aware of what they are and how they are working against us. A young lady from my bible study group said that her obsession with Facebook and seeing what people are posting has become a distraction for her and is interfering with her writing a book God instructed her to do.
She said the reason social media has a hold on her is because she feels that she’s falling behind in life. So she spends hours looking at her former classmates moving forward. She’s decided to fast from social media because she sees how it’s hindering her calling. It’s had the same effect on her that it does to all of us; having our attention somewhere else keeps us stagnant.
Get Back on Track
In Luke 10:38-42 Jesus visits the house of Martha and Mary and while he’s in the house teaching Martha’s attention is on preparing a meal. She gets upset with her sister for not helping and tells Jesus. He responds, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
When we allow our distractions to take precedence over spending time with Jesus we miss out. They make it harder for us to hear His voice because when we are separated and can’t grow in a relationship.
We have to be purposeful about how we spend our time and see why it’s important to not procrastinate on our calling. There are people connected to our obedience. Even though my pastor gave this message and reached the people connected to him, I’ve still been called to share this message with those who are relying on me.
In order to hear God speak to us we have to remove the distract and focus in. You have no idea who’s waiting on you to produce what He’s calling you to do. Move closer Jesus and give him your attention and he will guide you in your purpose.