10 Common Things That Can Distract Us During Our Walk With God
Isn't it too easy to get distracted during our walk with God? I think it has to do with what we allow into our lives that can distract us from God. Not all of these things are “bad”…in fact, a lot aren’t, but they become a problem when we allow them to interfere with us looking at, and to God. You know those things I’m talking about; they can be anything from a word, a car, or movies, to fantasy football, Xbox Live, a magazine, or even church. There are so many things in this world that fight for our time…and when we allow them to take too much…well…we lose our focus. The answer is not necessarily to cut these distractions out of our lives entirely (in some cases it is), but to realize that they can distract us…and we need to keep them in check.
In the following paragraphs, I have listed 10 common things that can distract us while we walk with God.
Money. I’m sure you all could have guessed this one would be on this list. We all need it to live in this world, but we must not be owned by it if we are to be not of this world. If we trust in God, He will take care of us. That doesn’t mean we should quit our jobs…we just need to realize that God is more important, and is far more capable of taking care of us than we are. Money might be the blood flow of the world, but it is not the blood flow of those who are in Jesus…faith is.
Another big one; the media. This is something I often find myself getting distracted by….I mean, just the other nighit, I realized I haven’t spent that much time praying this week…but instead of going and praying then and there, I said to myself "I’ll do it later" because the Lakers were playing and Lost was coming on in an hour.
Yes, Church/religion. Believe it or not, these can be HUGE interferences in our walk with God. Church does not do this intentionally, but we can easily let it hinder our relationship with God. Why? To keep church from becoming a distraction from God, make sure you are pursuing God before pursuing “beliefs” about Him, or church/religion. We need to get past religion and into a relationship. It starts with you! Love your brothers and sisters, be open to people, and DO NOT CONDEMN others when they fail, because we all fail!!
Relationships. I’m sure you knew this one would be here. Every kind of relationship falls into this category, but I would have to say the relationship with the most danger of becoming a distraction from our walk with God would be that of a boy-friend, girl-friend, or spouse. These relationships in their nature, demand the a signifcant amount of time (I'm not say that its a bad thing), and that is why it is extremely important that they revolve around God, and His virtues. If they aren’t, you will surely start to see your walk with God spiraling downward in no time. In a dating relationship, don’t compromise your morals.
In a nut shell, relationships are extremely important, but our relationship with God is the most important. Remember that!
Routine. This is a common thing I allow myself to get distracted by all the time. God has to be a part of our routine! We also need to be willing be flexible and allow God the freedom to work in our lives
6. Our Work
Work, work, work. What a distraction work can be! And I’m not just referring to a job, I mean everything from a job, to leading worship, a bible study, or anything! It is so easy to get caught up on our duties, but the most important thing is that we do it entirely for the Lord. They are to glorify God, not ourselves. That being said, sometimes the duty we have is not as important as doing something else. We should always be flexible! This falls in line with routines as well. We can have great motives behind our work, but sometimes we let the work we do have more importance then “listening to Jesus”. Listen and be flexible!
7. Our Hobbies
Hobbies. I love hobbies! I have a huge rang of them; from the guitar and singing, to video games, chess, and numerous others. The dangerous thing about them is that they can consume a lot of our time.
8. Desiring a blessing from God, more than God Himself.
Desiring a blessing from God, more than desiring God Himself. To be honest, this is easy to fall into, at least for myself. It is so easy to pray for a something specific over and over again, but forget about spending time with God. Remember, its ”seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33), its not “first seek all these other things”. God first, blessings follow.
9. Our Pastor
Our Pastors! What!? Whats this doing on the list!?…Well, to your relief, I don’t mean your pastor exactly (at least I hope not). What I’m referring to is becoming dependent upon your pastor. It's not our pastors job to feed us all we need to be spiritually healthy…it is our responsibility. A pastors role is to lead, not feed. A lot of people fall into the habit of only giving God Sunday morning. This would be like only eating once a week! If we did this, we would be extemely malnourished! And sadly, this is the case for many, spiritually. Our pastor is, or should be, a great leader, but he/she should only be that…nothing more.
Ourselves. Us. The last one on the list of distractions, and possibly the most likely to distract us. We have a sinful nature, and if we live by our nature, we will not get close to God, we will push Him away. That is why we need to die to ourselves, and live in Christ (Romans 6:11). But no matter how hard we try, there will always be a constant battle within ourselves between spirit and flesh (Romans 7:15-21). That is why we need to allow God to search our hearts, and purify it everyday (Psalm 139:23-24). The first step to overcoming ourselves is being aware.
So there it is. A list of 10 common things that can distract us from God. It is a constant struggle to keep our eyes focused on Jesus, and to not become distracted by the passing concerns of this world. But if we are aware of what can, and does, distract us during our walks with God, we can begin to take the necessary precautions to prevent them. Remember, seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).
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