What A Man Says
Have you ever been on your way to do something important only to find yourself totally distracted? I know that, for me, if I do not maintain my focus, I can be completely pulled away by activities going on around me, and it can happen very quickly. I don’t know how many times it has happened that I started to do a task and then, not even one minute later, I was looking up some random information on the internet. Thankfully, I am often set back on track by my wife when she looks over at me and exclaims, “What are you doing?”
What happens when we allow distractions to draw us away from not just small tasks, but from the important purposes of life? Paul saw this problem first hand and wrote about his experience. He had witnessed to the Galatians and had seen their progress towards Christ. They were well on their way to becoming disciples when something happened. They began to take their eyes off of Jesus and became distracted by the persuasions of this world. Temptations come easily, and, unless we maintain our focus, we can quickly fall for them. Notice how today’s verse states that the Galatians were running a good race. This indicates that they were not running a good race anymore. Someone had come and interferred with that progress by presenting a distraction, a temptation, and they took the bait. The last sentence makes it very clear that this persuasion was not from the Lord. We know that when something does not come from Christ then it is not of Christ, and, if it is not from Christ, it is from the enemy.
We must be on our guard and ever vigilant so that we do not allow ourselves to become distracted and sidetracked by the temptations of this world. This takes effort, perseverance, and a desire to grow closer and more intimate with the Lord. We need His Holy Spirit to lead and guide us every moment of everyday because, without Him, we cannot move forward.