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Are You Distracted?

Updated on September 21, 2011

According to Webster's (1828) Dictionary the word distracted means, "drawn apart; drawn in different directions; diverted from its object."

This is exactly what the devil wants to do to you. He wants to distract you. By using the definition of this word we can say that he wants to draw you apart from God or he wants to take you in a different direction. It is the goal of Satan to divert you from Jesus.

The problem with being distracted is that many times we don't even realize that are being distracted because the thing that is distracting us is considered important at the time. Consider the all too common text messaging while driving. We all intellectually know that you can't drive attentively while you are typing into your phone. Yet many people do everyday and many of these end up in an auto accidents resulting in damages to their vehicle, injury, and even death.

The devil knows that if he can get us distracted that we will walk away from the most important part of our lives -- the Lord. Consider the following story found in Luke 10:38-42:

38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. (39) And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. (40) But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. (41) And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: (42) But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. KJV

I want you to notice the word "also" found in verse 39. This is very interesting because at some point Martha must of been sitting at Jesus' feet also. However, in verse forty we see Martha all worked up trying to take care of the needs at hand. What caused Martha to leave the feet of Jesus to serve? She had to have gotten "distracted."

I can just imagine as Martha was sitting at the feet of Jesus starting to think about all these people, what they were going to eat, how they were going to be taken care, and everything else that would be associated with having so many guests in your home. These obviously were real concerns and in an effort to take care of the 'needs of the day' Martha leaves the "the one thing that was needful."

I am confident she didn't even realize that she had been distracted because that which was distracting was in essence important. How many of us have been guilty of the same thing. We forsake what is important.

Today is not the day to be distracted. The enemy is on an all out assault to tear down as many Christians as he can. He knows that the closer you are tied to your preacher, the more you are tied to your church, the more time you spend in the Word and in prayer the less chance he has at bringing destruction into your life. Therefore, before he launches an attack into your life he is going to try and get you separated from that which makes you strong. Once he captures your attention he has the ability to weaken you and can then bring all kinds of attacks on you which will further weaken you.

Stay alert, pay attention, stay in the Word because we are living in the end times.

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8-KJV)

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      ThePastor 6 years ago from California

      @Jack - thanks for commenting, however I would disagree with you because - Jesus is the one that corrected Martha when Martha was trying to get Mary to leave what you are calling faith in contemplation.

      Jesus said that Mary had chosen the correct course of action and the only thing needful, which was listening to the Words of Jesus.

      Why would Jesus say this? Because all things operate according to the Word of God. More Word = More Faith (Romans 10:17). Hebrews 11:1 = Faith is the substance or material of things hoped for.

      Consider this, when Jesus was ministering to the multitudes and they needed to eat, was it an issue? No, He took what they had blessed it and multiplied it and fed 5,000 men + women and children and still had 12 baskets left over.

      When Jesus was at Martha and Mary's house could he have performed a miracle and fed them also? Absolutely! Jesus' Words are more important than any needs of the day.

      Again thanks for the comment, although I disagree I do respect your opinion. Blessings!

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      MonetteforJack 6 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

      Hi, Pastor! I think Martha was distracted when she noticed that her sister Mary was just sitting down and listening. However, I view it this way, that Martha is doing her role, too. She is the one who is faith in action while her sister Mary is the one who is faith in contemplation.