God gave me this message not long ago to deliver during our Sunday service. He has again impressed upon me the importance of this message to the body of Christ so I want to share it here in my blog. With all of the distractions around us it is so easy to lose our focus. There are many things in this world that pull and tug at us ultimately taking our focus off of God. This is a particularly dangerous thing! A prime example and good witness of this is Peter as he became distracted by the raging storm around him. Jesus had given him an amazing opportunity, a remarkable feat, the ability to do something no other human had done! He allowed him to walk on water! No gimmicks, no tricks. The actual miraculous ability to WALK ON WATER! But as soon as Peter lost his focus, became distracted, took his eyes off of Jesus and became amazed at his own ability to do the impossible, he began to sink.
God gives us wonderful gifts in the Spirit, gifts that we are entrusted with to use for HIS glory. So precious are these gifts we cannot help but long for the gifts that glorify him. . “Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel.” 1 Corinthians 14:12 But without a doubt we must be sure we know that they are for the edification of Christ and not for our glory. When it becomes about our glorification, our advancement, our accolades, our own praises, then it becomes a distraction. It removes our focus from Christ. So what happened when Peter lost focus, became distracted? What happened when it became more about him than about the one that had called him out of the boat? Yes, he began to sink. He quickly found out it was not about him. He found out that there was no power in him to walk on water. The power was in his focus on Jesus “But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work, faith, love, and peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart”. 2 Timothy 2:20-22
Let us be vessels of honor to him for whom all honor is due. He has sanctified us for HIS purpose. No other. He has prepared us as vessels of gold and silver for every good work. Let us not contaminate our gifts by using them for our own glory.
Let us stay focused without distraction. Should we become distracted; no worries, we can easily lift up our eyes to the source. Peter immediately recognized what had happened when he took his eyes off of Jesus and cried out “Lord save me”. According to the scripture Matt chapter 14 verse 31 ; “And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him” .
It is not that there will not be distractions; we live in a world filled with them. But Jesus has assured us that he Luke 22:32 (NKJV)” But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to me, strengthen your brethren.”
Prayer: Faith when we are weak we know that you are strong. When we become distracted, when we stray from your purpose, please help us to fix our eyes on you. Help us to remember that it is you that called us out of darkness into the marvelous light of your love. Help us to remember that the Spiritual gifts are for your glory. When lose focus, we know that as we cry out Lord save me you are faithful to immediately stretch out you hand to catch us.