Acts 21:13 “Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
One of the greatest battles you will fight as a believer is not to become distracted or sidetracked from things that are not what God called you to do. Many preachers have gotten distracted from what God wanted them to do which kept them from fulfilling God’s will for their life to the potential that they could have done it had they not become distracted. Many churches have become distracted from God’s purpose for the church, which has kept thousands of souls from being saved. Likewise, many believers have allowed distractions to keep them from doing what God wants them to do as a believer. At the writing of this devotional, I have been preaching the Gospel full-time for over three decades, and I have seen five things that have distracted people from what they are supposed to do. Let me point out these distractions.
First, a burden can become a distraction. Paul was burdened for the Jew, and his burden pulled him away from God’s calling on his life. God even sent several people Paul’s way to warn him of not letting his burden to become a distraction, but he didn't listen. It is wonderful to have a burden, but your burden should be a result of doing God’s calling on your life. You must be careful not to follow a burden, but instead, follow God’s call and will for your life.
Second, money has sidetracked many believers. There is nothing wrong with making money, but you always have to keep money in its proper perspective if you don't want it to distract you from God’s will for your life. Always keep in mind that you make money so that you can do God’s will. Don't become so enamored with money that it becomes your focus of life instead of God’s will being the focus.
Third, pleasure has distracted many good believers. Paul warned Timothy not to become a lover of pleasure more than a lover of God. A pleasure-focused preacher will quickly drop soul winning and the bus ministry with “justifiable” reasons that sound like good excuses, but they are simply an excuse to allow pleasures to replace soul winning. There is certainly nothing wrong with having enjoyment in life, but you must never allow pleasure to become your focus.
Fourth, battles have distracted many who are doing God’s will. When you contend for the faith, you will find yourself having to fight battles; however, you must never let the battle become your focus over God’s commission to reach the lost for Christ. Yes, you will have to fight battles to keep the Gospel pure, but you must only fight to keep the faith pure so that you can continue to reach the lost for Christ. Many have fought battles so much that they got distracted with battles and looked to fight battles instead of looking to reach the lost for Christ. If a battle comes because you are keeping the faith and reaching the lost, don't run from the battle, but don't let the battle pull you away from reaching the lost.
Fifth, a desire for acceptance has distracted many. If you always have to be in the big crowd, you will one day follow the crowd to compromise. Many who once used to stand for holiness standards have left those standards because they followed the crowd to compromise. Be careful that you don't let acceptance of your peers be the distraction that pulls you away from being the believer you are supposed to be and from reaching the lost for Christ.