Keep your eye on the ball! There are many distractions in life and ministry and the focus of our hearts needs to be constant. It’s not enough that we keep attentive and alert personally, we need to encourage each other to do so, and often.
Most of the time it is not that we willingly ‘go adrift’ in our discipleship and walk with the Lord, but like the dog scene from the film, “Up” something else cuts across our path and we forget what we were doing or so ardently pursuing.
Stephen Covey’s assertion that “the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing” – is certainly poignant, but it’s not always so simple to identify the main thing – or keep it the main thing. With so many aspects of life to balance – work, relationships, church, family, small groups, evangelism, weddings, health, finance – it’s no wonder that the main thing often gets lost amidst the lengthy and exhausting to-do lists and the impromptu must-do’s.
For each of us, there should be a main thing – the thing that fuels us, that motivates us, that keeps us engaged and interested in life. The main thing is actually a person. Put that person first and other things and the ‘stuff’ of life are suddenly seen with a new perspective.
Into this conundrum the writer to the Hebrews speaks authoritatively and confidently;
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” (Hebrews 12:1)
Don’t take it for granted that you won’t get distracted. We assume too much. The emphasis in this verse is that it is something collective; “we are surrounded”, “let us”, “for us”. We are in this journey together. The cloud of witnesses are not watching us, but watching Christ. We are never the focus – Christ is the great hero and champion of heaven that enables us, calls us and encourages us ever onwards. The writer’s admonition is throw off everything that hinders, slows us, distracts us, slows us! Jesus Christ is the rampant and magnificent obsession of our hearts.
Keep your eye on the ball. Don’t allow yourself in this world crammed full of distractions and disappointments to falter, and make sure that you encourage those around you too.
Ask God daily in prayer for wisdom and favour, deliverance from the evil one and victory in times of testing both for yourself, and for the saints.
Keep Christ central and as the main thing in your life.