Don’t Be Sidetracked

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Ezekiel 1:12 “And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.”

Every morning when I'm done reading the Scriptures, I take a walk to pray. On that walk, I take both of my dogs, but one of my dogs I tend to walk off-leash. The dog that I take off-leash is easily sidetracked with smells. She is a good dog, but when something grabs her attention because of smell, she stops and sniffs that smell until she finally realizes how far behind she has become with myself and my other dog. Her being sidetracked hinders her from being by the side of her master.

In the verse above, Ezekiel talks about four creatures doing work for God. It says about them, “they turned not when they went.” In other words, they did not allow themselves to be sidetracked from the purpose for which God sent them. They kept focused on the job, which allowed them to fulfill the purpose for which God made them.

Many believers get sidetracked in what they are supposed to do for God, and it limits their ability to complete the purpose for which God has put them on this earth to do. There are so many things out there that can sidetrack you from your purpose that you must learn to avoid. Let me teach you several things that will help you from becoming sidetracked as you serve the LORD.

First, don't let the unimportant pull you away from that which is important for you to do. The unimportant voices seem to be loud in life and tend to pull our attention away from the important. You cannot allow the volume of the unimportant to pull you away from that which is important, which is reaching the lost for Christ. If what you were doing for Christ is important, and it is, you must learn to turn off those things that are unimportant for the sake of staying focused on that which is important, which is reaching the loss for Christ and doing what God has placed you on this earth to do.

Second, you must learn to say “no” if you're going to keep yourself from being sidetracked. You cannot say “yes” to everything and not be sidetracked from what you are supposed to do. I know there are some people who have a hard time telling others “no,” but you cannot do everything that everybody wants you to do. Another's importance does not make it important for you. What is important for you is to do what God has made you to do. Don't let the plethora of voices that try to get you involved in their interests cause you to be sidetracked from what you are supposed to be doing for God.

Third, realize that God's will is the most important thing in all the world for you to do, and anything that pulls you away from His will is sin. There are many good things that you could do in life, but the good things that you could do become bad things if they pull you away from God’s will for your life. There are many good causes you could involve yourself in, but if those causes don't entail God's will for your life, then those causes would be wrong for you to do. God placed you on this earth to do His will and serve Him. You must not let anything pull your way from His will for your life. Get focused on the will of God for your life and never let anything sidetrack you from His will, and you will be able to fulfill the potential that God has for your life.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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