MATTHEW 14: 28-31 DISTRACTIONS

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28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me! 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

Last time, we looked at some of the physical distractions that divert people away from the goal of fulfilling their destinies. Today, we will be looking at why it is essential to avoid these distractions. May you be blessed as you read this in JESUS’ Name.

As we have seen, getting distracted is easier than staying on track. Being lazy is easier than being dedicated. But, it is essential to stay on track and be dedicated to the Call of GOD for your life on earth – in other words, your purpose on earth. There is a very interesting passage of the Bible that illustrates this point well. In Matthew 14: 28-31 (NIV):

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

Peter asked JESUS to tell him to walk on the water towards HIM – that took a bit of courage in my opinion. And JESUS says, ‘Come’. Note that he actually started walking on the water, until he saw the wind, became afraid and began to sink. If he had kept his eyes focused on JESUS, and refused to be distracted by the wind, he would have continued walking on the water towards JESUS without sinking. Thus, doubt can be a big distraction.

I don’t know if you have ever engaged in stunt games like walking on a thin rope or stick high in the air. The first rule of the game is that you must look straight ahead and not look down. The moment you look down, you are going to fall. So, the same principle applies in life – life is taking a risk, daring to dream, reaching out to achieve your purpose on earth. This is why you must keep your eyes straight on the Person who created you, gave you life, and gave you that Purpose. The moment you let yourself be distracted by the wind or troubles of life, you fall. May GOD help us in JESUS Name!

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Speaking of focusing on your Creator who have you life and Purpose, you should focus on GOD HIMSELF, not on your church or pastor or church activities just for show. If you buy a mechanical thing, like a blender collapsible bed or something that must be set up before you can use it, but you cannot figure it out, you call the manufacturer or the shop you bought it from, right? This is why your focus should be solely on your Creator.  It is very easy to fall into this trap like Martha did:

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her (Luke 10: 38 -42).”

In JESUS’s Opinion, it was OK to prepare food to entertain HIM. That was essentially Kingdom Service. But, it should not be at the expense of your hearing the Word of GOD, and your spiritual growth! It is possible to get distracted by Christian projects and doing things ‘for GOD’, that you stop spending quite time with GOD in prayer, in the Word, and lose your zeal for HIM. JESUS alludes to this in Revelation 2: 3-4 when HE says:

3 You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. 4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first (NIV).

This is why it is not a good idea to be doing ‘Kingdom Service’ while the sermon is going on at church, unless there is another service you can attend where you will pay full attention to it. So, when you put your focus on GOD, it must be solely on HIM, so that HE can lead and instruct you in the way you should go, and guide and watch over you (Psalm 32: 8).

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Finally, all that glitters is not gold. Somethings look so attractive, but they are not GOD’s Will for your life and destiny. This is where the Guidance of the HOLY SPIRIT comes in, to guide and lead you in the way that you should go (Psalm 32: 8). Paul speaks of those things that are good but are not necessarily beneficial and some of these distractions are like that:

“I have the right to do anything,” you say–but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”–but not everything is constructive (1 Corinthians 10: 23 NIV).

It is crucial to be vigilant and sober because the devil walks about as a roaring lion seeking whom to devour (1 Peter 5: 8), and likes to throw things in your path that will distract you from where you are going. So, submit to GOD; resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4: 7).

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May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!

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