I find it so easy to get sidetracked. I sit down to the computer to do write a message for student church then I find myself ten minutes later reading an article about manatees and the Florida Everglades. How does this happen? It is so easy to lose focus in life. We are being bombarded with distractions.
I have found, in my past 25 years of church leadership, that Christians (self included) can get sidetracked and lose focus of what truly matters. It’s easy to get in debates about things that in the end won’t change eternity. It’s easy to allow emotions and feelings to move the focus from our purpose of sharing Christ to a self pity-party.
Christians get side tracked by what this author says or did, by the color of the church’s new carpet, chairs vs. pews, small groups vs. Sunday school, music styles, and the list could go on and on.
I get quickly sidetracked by complaints that have absolutely no impact on eternity.
How do we keep from getting sidetracked?
Remember your purpose. Why am I here? What has God called me to do? How have I been uniquely created and equipped by God to do what He wants me to do?
Regain focus. Quit looking over there when you should be looking towards Christ. Satan is going to throw distractions at us left and right because he doesn’t want Christ followers to be successful in reaching others with the life changing good news of Christ’s sacrifice and God’s love. Quit focusing on self and focus on the Savior.
Remind others. Remind those around you and who you serve with that if something doesn’t impact eternity you are not going to waste your time with it. Arguments, debates, styles of worship, the temperature of the fellowship hall. Life is too short and our task at hand is huge.
Robing. (sorry I wanted to write “suit up” but just had to use another “R”)
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
The best way to take out the enemy is to infiltrate and attack from within. The devil is no dummy and he uses this technique to his advantage. Often I find myself getting sidetracked by other believers, usually it is due to unchecked feelings and emotions. It’s by not living under the control of the Holy Spirit and the result is living lives that don’t display the fruits of the spirit. We have to be ready for attack and remember that the attack isn’t on us personally, the attack is for who we stand for and for focusing on our purpose.