“Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bring it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
If you’re going to accomplish anything in 2018 you’re going to have to turn away from all distractions.
Satan uses all manner of things to distract us from doing the will of God. He uses our families, our finances, our bodies, our phones, our computers, our communities, our government, and so much more. Here’s why, he knows that when we’re distracted by the problems in our environment we’re not focused on doing what God has called us to do. You can’t do both. You can’t focus on what God has called you to do and focus on the problem. Paul compares it to a man called to war. He says in II Timothy 2:4 “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier”. We’ve been chosen to be soldiers in the army of God and we’re fighting the good fight of faith. Jesus is the Leader and the Source of our faith and the only way for us to finish strong is for us to keep our eyes on Him.
Keeping our eyes on Jesus is easy when we realize that He is the answer to all of life’s problems. There is no problem that we can encounter that Jesus hasn’t already solved for us at Calvary. He is our answer and our solution. He is bigger than any problem we could ever face. We need only to see Him as He is, bigger than any problem we could ever face. You’re not going to be distracted by the problems in your environment when you’re looking at the solution.
Not only that, He alone can fill the thirst of our souls. We don’t have to be distracted by our phones or social media because none of these things can satisfy like Jesus can. Take the women at the well in St John chapter 4. She was longing for love and attention that’s why she had had five husbands. Even the man she was living with couldn’t satisfy her longing for love. It was only when she met Jesus that her thirst was satisfied. You’re not going to be distracted by your thirst when you’re drinking what satisfies.
Whatever the enemy is using to cause you to look away from Jesus turn away from all that distracts and fix your eyes on Jesus the Author and Finisher, the Leader and Source of your faith. He has set the example for us. He didn’t get distracted by anything the enemy was using in His environment He finished His course because He kept his eyes on the prize, the joy of completing the will of His Father. Let’s start the year strong and finish the year strong by turning away from all that would distract and keeping our eyes on Jesus.