3 Areas of Distraction
While there can be many different areas and types of distraction, I just want to highlight three.
1. Prophetic Distraction
Notice what Jesus told the disciples in Acts right after he told them to go to Jerusalem and wait for the Holy Spirit.
“Then they gathered around him and asked him, ‘Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He said to them: ‘It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority’” (Acts 1:6-7).
After receiving the instruction to go and wait for the Holy Spirit, their minds went to the question - when is the kingdom of Israel going to be restored? Immediately Jesus had to refocus their attention on the mission.
There are so many Christians who are consumed with studying every possible sign of the return of Christ. They are trying to figure out who is the antichrist or what is the mark of the beast and how will this be implemented. When will the rapture happen? Is it before, during, or after the tribulation? They are looking at all of the signs, and while there is nothing wrong with that, guess what they are not doing? Preaching the gospel and making disciples. Or as I said earlier: Pray. Preach. Teach. Repeat.
While the imminent return of Christ should impassion us to proclaim the gospel more, it seems to have sparked more debate about whose view of the end times events is the right one. Instead of creating in us a compassionate heart that sees a desperate world that needs to hear the gospel, it has caused in many a sense of entitlement. We have the truth and you don’t and it doesn’t matter what happens because we are going to be out of here soon anyway. All of this is a distraction.
In Matthew Jesus asked this question:
“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns” (Matthew 24:45-46).
This is the posture we need to take. We should be looking for and expecting his return, but we should also be working until he comes back. Let the return of Christ and the fact that it draws nearer everyday be a source of motivation, and not a reason for distraction.
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