Do you ever get distracted? Of course you do. We all do once in a while.
I used to work for a small, family owned factory. As time progressed I was given flexibility to do what I felt were the most important things to do. Sometimes it was “research & development”, sometimes it was just morale building, sometimes I would record statistics and data, and then other times I would do the business of the factory and make product.
I’m sure you can relate and that there are times you really aren’t doing the work of the business. Maybe you are doing things valuable to the business, but it’s not the primary purpose of the business. The work I did for my former employer was valuable, but the company didn’t make money unless orders were taken for product to be made and shipped to customers.
While recently watching a play on the life of George Mueller, who was known for his great prayer habits and the blessing of answered prayer from God, Acts 6:4 came to mind. “But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.” I realized I am DISTRACTED! My job is not to make a website, organize, be creative, call pastors, move to Portugal or to raise support. My job is simple: glorify God through prayer and know His word so I can share it with others.
I must be spending large chunks of time in prayer, studying the scripture, and sharing the scriptures. I should be praying and asking God to do what I cannot: for His Holy Spirit to work in and convict the heart of others, and then to give me wisdom to know what to say and the humility to admit my weaknesses and failures. I desperately need God because I cannot do anything apart from Christ.
The second part is that I am in great need of knowing both who God is and His will as revealed in scripture. I must study scripture, meditate upon it, place it in my heart so that I may become enslaved to it. I should not make any decisions without first asking my Master what His written will is. Then I am to convey this to others. I am to share who God is and His will as it applies to them. Because this is when the purpose comes to fruition. Paul reminds the Corinthians, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” All of our actions (whether it be working in a secular realm or, in my instance, an ecclesiastical realm) should bring glory to God’s holy reputation. We must have the heart of the psalmist, “All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.”
Do we desire to worship God? Do we desire that every man, woman and child from every nation worship God? Or are you distracted?