Jim Hockaday 9-22-11
The word distraction means: a thing that prevents one from giving full attention to another thing. To help you understand the word distraction, look first at what King Solomon said in Proverbs 4:20 “My son, give attention to my word, incline your ear to my sayings, let them not depart from your eyes, keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.” Solomon’s advice sounds contrary to the word distraction. What this clearly shows us is the difference between the absoluteness of God and everything negative. Satan’s existence is defined by distractions. If you remember, Jesus said that Satan is a liar. His job is to blind the world from Jesus’ love and to distract every believer from experiencing God.
In Luke 10:38-42 we have a story that clearly defines the importance of this document. Jesus went to a certain city and met a woman named Martha who invited Jesus to her home. When He came, Martha’s sister Mary was also there. Mary chose to sit at the feet of Jesus and hear him speak while Martha was busy in the kitchen fixing something to eat. Verse 40 says, “…but Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “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.”
Notice that the things of this world have the potential of becoming distractions to our relationship with God. Martha was consumed with care over how the hospitality was going to be provided if she didn’t do it. To our minds we think that if we don’t involve ourselves in all the little things or opportunities of life then they are not going to be handled. However, God thinks very differently than we do. He sees the uselessness of many of the things that we involve ourselves with. When small choices are made that engage your heart to the heart of God, He will always cause His grace to abundantly provide for everything you need. For instance, if Martha had considered sitting at the feet of Jesus more important than the things of this world, it would have been nothing for the grace of God to either keep both Mary and Martha from being hungry or to have “moved” upon a neighbor to provide a meal at the appropriate time. Or there could have been many other possibilities; but they would not or will not be known if we are always distracted by the cares of this life.
How many amazing experiences are we missing out on, not to mention the ever increasing knowledge and fellowship with our Lord, because we continue to function and live in this world as if we belong? REALLY… we will never understand our purpose until we find GOD!!!