The Main Thing
Want to know what annoys me so much about us as Christians (myself included)? We are so easily distracted. We get so concerned over things that just don’t matter. We squabble over insignificant issues. We seek after glitz and glitter in search of earthly satisfaction. We allow our priorities to get shuffled out of order. We get caught up in the details and miss out on the big picture. We let hurts and disappointments distract us from the finish line.
We forget who the enemy really is, what we should be doing, who we are living for, and how much difference our lives can make. Stephen Covey’s admonition to, “Keep the main thing, the main thing” has been lodged in my mind as of late, probably because I have been failing to do exactly that. What is the main thing? Is it to make a lot of money? Is it to accumulate a lot of cool toys? Is it to bicker over things that don’t matter? Is it to let our hurts lock us up? Is it to let our fear paralyze us? Christians, what should our main task be?
In Andy Stanley’s book, Communicating for Change, he really cuts straight to the heart of the main thing. In his book, he is speaking to pastors. He is reminding us of the weight our words carry when we speak. Listen to what he says.
“How would you communicate this message if your eighteen year-old son had made up his mind to walk away from everything you have taught him, morally, ethically, and theologically, unless he had a compelling reason not to? What would you say…if you knew that was at stake? Because for somebody’s son out there this may be his last chance….Go out there and plead your case like your own son’s future was at stake?”
Whenever I start to lose my focus, that quote pops into my mind. Whenever I start to give things that don’t matter the lion’s share of my attention, I am reminded of what I am here for. We never know how God wants to use us or who we might have the opportunity to help, serve, or minister to. There may be multiple people in our lives looking to us to help them with what matters most. Christians, we are like magnets; we are either repelling people from Christ or drawing them unto him. Our actions, our lives, have a tremendous impact on the world around us. It is up to us though to remember what the main thing is.
So let’s keep our focus. Let’s not get distracted. Let’ be ready with a compelling reason for the hope that we have. Let’s keep the main thing, the main thing in our lives.
God forgive me for losing sight of that at times.
Let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shameand has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne. –Hebrews 12:1-2
Walk good. Live wise. Be Blessed.