The Distractor

Romans 12:2-3, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Having grown up in the comic book era, super heroes and evil villains were often the center of play with my elementary school friends. None of us wanted to play the part of the evil villains and so often times, those villains were invisible, and we were Superman, The Thing, Thor, and Aquaman (just to name a few). We selected our roles by a rock, paper, scissors process. I would play with my buddies for hours conquering imaginary foes. For whatever reason, my opponent was always named “The Destructor.” He had giant-sized hands and could hammer anything into the ground. I still, to this day, enjoy super heroes. I guess there are parts of me that will never fully grow-up.

Today, my opponent has a different name. And so does yours. I call the villain of today “The Distractor.” Some of us do not realize it, but Satan’s greatest asset against us is distraction. If he can keep us focused and busy; if he can keep us so tuned in to what is important to the world; he has us. I talk with people on a weekly basis who are consumed with life; but, the busyness is simply time-consuming and non-productive to the Kingdom of God.

What is occupying your time? What is keeping you from praying, reading God’s word, going to church, and being involved in God’s Kingdom work?

It may be time to renew your mind and evaluate what your focus is. It may be time to consider if what you are doing is productive or leaving you barren.


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