DISTRACTION BY BISHOP DAG HEWARD-MILLS
7th May 2019
READ: 1 Kings 13:15-24
“…let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…” – Hebrews 12:1-2
Once, I told a pastor friend about how we were reaching out to certain villages. He smirked and remarked that he had no interest in such ventures. I was discouraged, wondering whether I was doing the right thing.
But I strengthened myself in the Lord and persisted in the calling God gave to me. I’m glad I did.
Although many other people are ministers, like myself, I realize that we are not on the same level. I do not do things just because others are doing them. When I relate with ministers who have my level of commitment they sharpen me and I also sharpen them.
Relating with people who do not care about the things of God as much as you do will make you wonder if you are normal. Avoid the distractions that come from people who have not heard from God the way you have, and who are not as committed as you are.
Learn also to avoid the distraction of unproductive arguments and quarrels.
“But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes” (2 Timothy 2:23).
I hate arguments and rarely have time to debate an issue. I love the Scripture that says you cannot do anything against the truth (2 Corinthians 13:8). This means that arguments, shouting and proving your point do not affect the truth of the matter.
The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment (Proverbs 12:19). The truth will outlive every lie!