Updated: Sep 1
Webster provides this definition of "distract": "to draw or direct (something, such as someone's attention) to a different object or in different directions at the same time." For example, he was distracted by a sudden noise; or "to turn aside" or "divert." For example, she refused to be distracted from her purpose.
We face an inordinate number of distractions in this "season" of our lives. So many different issues beg for our attention. So much is happening so quickly. We must NOT be distracted from our primary calling, which is to make disciples. It is our "Why" - the reason we exist. JESUS CHRIST commanded the "church" to "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the HOLY SPIRIT, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28: 19-20)
As a church family, just what do we do to achieve our "Why," our purpose for existing? In other words, "what" is our what? Three things: Life in CHRIST. Life together. Life on mission.
So "how" do we do what we do? How do we make disciples?
LIFE IN CHRIST. We focus on our personal relationship with GOD by maintaining a consistent, daily devotional life, where we read GOD's Word and devote quality time to prayer. We place a priority on the spiritual disciplines, pursuing personal holiness.
LIFE TOGETHER. We focus on growth and fellowship through attending corporate worship, either in person or via live stream. The corona virus has greatly impacted this area of our spiritual lives. But we still need each other. We can stay in touch through calling, writing, or visiting in one another's homes.
LIFE ON MISSION. We focus on being on mission outside the "four" walls of the church. During this "crisis" time in our nation, people are more open to taking about "religious" matters. Right now provides a golden opportunity for us to share the gospel, which is the starting point of making disciples. Many people are afraid, worried, stressed, and depressed right now. They need JESUS!
Let's not allow the issues of this world to distract us from the main thing: Making Disciples. During this season of adversity, let's pray for GOD to give us opportunities to share the good news of the gospel. Let's make disciples!