Distractions exist, and they’re more than serious. Demons are very crafty. If they can’t get a Christian to outright compromise, they’ll try the back-handed approach of subtle, seemingly innocent distraction. It can be a movie, game system or other form of entertainment sapping time and funds away from the Kingdom. It can be a very attractive member of the opposite sex, a legitimate friendship, but one which steadily grows into a consuming lust. Even certain rules, laws or institutions in need of reform can trap the mind, directing its thoughts away from what really matters.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” He understood this clearly, that there are cares in this world. There is money to be made. There are mouths to feed, relationships to pursue, vehicles to fix and paperwork to fill out. Jesus knew all that. He also knew the most important thing: loving God and following His commands.
Jesus accomplished a great work on earth in showing the stark difference between light and darkness. What some people once thought was so good, that prideful religious piety of the Pharisees, was exposed as the deepest darkness it was. The simple act of loving each other was revealed as the greatest command of all.
Light and darkness both exist. Jesus makes you a light. Distractions take little tiny splatters of darkness and put out little pieces of your light. But you see, light and darkness cannot co-exist. Every compromise, every black spot you allow to stay in your good heart will grow and fester. It cannot do otherwise. That is its design, to make you entirely useless, even destructive, to the Kingdom of God. Like Jesus said, “If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”
The Holy Spirit will reveal the distractions in your life if you ask Him. Be ready to obey when He does. Leave them and don’t look back. God’s love is infinitely better.
“You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”–Matthew 5: 48