Almost exactly 5 years ago, I was walking to my office at the church where I was working. I just happened to look out the window at just the right time to see a full sized Dodge Ram race off of the Interstate through the grass leading up to the church property and then it slammed into our chain link fence. I even took this picture! I don't have anything against Dodge Rams but a small ditch and a old chain link fence did it in. It ripped the front passenger wheel right off and it was stuck. I then watched the scene unfold as the driver of the Dodge got out of the stalled truck and started running up the outer road. In just a few brief seconds there was an onslaught of police cars, and highway patrolmen. Turns out, this guy had been selling methamphetamines in the area and was on a high speed chase after fleeing the scene. Now this was a distraction to my work day! Continuing in Acts 16 today, we read of another distraction. Take a look:
16 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” 18 She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.
The Apostle Paul states that they were on their way to the place of prayer...when they were distracted. I find it often enough that when it is time for us to pray, to read our Bibles, to go to church, or to give a tithe or an offering, we get distracted as well. Usually sleep, social media, or the news gets in the way of praying and reading our Bibles. Vacations, weekend getaways, sicknesses, athletic events, house work, or just apathy gets in the way of us going to church. Bills, gifts, that random outfit, or that tool that you had to have to complete that 5 minute job distracts us from giving our tithe. Most of these distractions could be avoided with some simple planning, and executing the plan. Paul and Barnabas had been pummeled by this girl shouting at them over and over and over again. So they came up with a plan and executed it. What is distracting you from being the person Christ has called you to be? What are some steps that you can take to hold off the distractions?
With sincere love for each of you,