Focused on Your Ambition or Your Distractions
"..but the worries and cares of the world [the distractions of this age with its worldly pleasures], and the deceitfulness [and the false security or glamour] of wealth [or fame], and the passionate desires for all the other things creep in and choke out the word, and it becomes unfruitful." Matthew 4:19 (AMP)
I'm sure you've met a lot of people who talk about their ambitions and how they want to be led by God, but God will never use them because they are too focused on everything else causing them to miss out on the many blessings God has for them. When they have their own plans, their own agenda; they are too busy to listen to God and hear what he has planned for them. And in the midst of all the busyness, they forget to give all their ambitions, hopes, and dreams to God, leaving Him out of the equation. But that's not how life works.
If you genuinely want to be led by God, you have to distance yourself from whatever is distracting you from His will. You have to be willing to say, "Lord, I'm here. Use me." "What should I do Lord to get rid of the distractions in my life?"
What is distracting you from your God-given mission?
Our distractions can prevent us from reaching our goals if we let them. The issue is that many of us struggle to identify what distractions are because we often confuse them with our ambition to succeed.
We have to understand that we can easily be misled if we are not focused on Christ and sometimes you won't know if someone or something is a distraction until you are ready to be true to yourself and ask God to take control of your life.
What do we need to do to ensure that we are reaching our full potential?
Allow God to lead. As the word of God tells us, we are not to get attached to the things of this world because they will surely pass away. And that includes are self-desires.
We find ourselves seeking after the wrong things because we are bombarded with society's way of living everywhere we go, at work, at home, on social media and even at church. Yes, I said church. The red flag here is the desires of the world and not the desires after God's own heart. Remember, Psalm 37:4 says to delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and petitions of your heart.
So, it's okay to have dreams and goals that you want to accomplish. The thing to remember is making sure our focus and identity are not that of the worlds. When the world's definition overpowers our real purpose and God's will for our lives, we will find ourselves focused on distractions.
Distractions that give you pleasures of the world will not sustain you. However, God's love and purpose for you, can.
Now, it's time to make a decision. Do we want to be led by God, or do we want to be influenced by our distractions?
To be led by God, we have to surrender to Him completely. We have to prioritize his presence in everything we do. We can not put God to the side and seek after Him whenever we please to; we have to honor Him as he honors us. Once you have learned to surrender and put Him first, you will then understand what your distractions are and how you can start eliminating them from your life.
Remember, your struggles; your "distractions" do not define you. Change your focus, and you will change your direction. Remain hopeful as you redirect your focus in placing your ambitions before God. There is nothing impossible with God when you all how to lead the way.
Please refer to the full chapter for each biblical reference for context.
Matthew 6:31 (AMP) - "Therefore do not worry or be anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted), saying, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?"
2 Corinthians 5:10 (AMP) - "For we [believers will be called to account and] must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be repaid for what has been done in the body, whether good or bad [that is, each will be held responsible for his actions, purposes, goals, motives—the use or misuse of his time, opportunities and abilities]."
Romans 8:14 (AMP) - "For all who are allowing themselves to be led by the Spirit of God are sons of God."
Luke 10:40 (AMP) - "But Martha was very busy and distracted with all of her serving responsibilities; and she approached Him and said, “Lord, is it of no concern to You that my sister has left me to do the serving alone? Tell her to help me and do her part.”
Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."