Only One risen Saviuor

Only One risen Saviuor
There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved - Jesus

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Acts Day 87 - Distractions

6:1 Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. 2 Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. 3 Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; 4 but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”

Things aren't always as they seem. What appeared to be a problem about food distribution was actually a veiled attempt on the part of Satan to derail the preaching of the gospel. Clever. What is fascinating is that the disciples saw right through it. They immediately sprang into action to both solve the immediate dilemma and at the same time prevent that dilemma from thwarting their mission.

Somewhere along the way that clear sense of mission faded and the lesser dilemmas took over in the Christian church. I'm not sure when or how or why but they did.

It doesn't just happen in churches. It happens to business owners. It happens in marriages. It happens everywhere. When we forget to keep the main thing the main thing we can get busy in all kinds of directions. Our business or focus can be legitimate, even urgent, but if it causes us to stop doing what is most important it will in time destroy everything.

Ask God daily for the wisdom to see what distractions Satan is bringing into your life and the ability to manage them without taking your focus from that which matters most.

Jesus got up early while it was still dark and went off to a solitary place to pray. (Mark 1:36) He knew if reliance on His Father ever took a back seat in His life everything else He did would be futile. Never allow yourself to be taken away from the main thing. It's deadly.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for reminding this reader that Jesus must come first. The flesh is weak.