"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, FIXING OUR EYES ON JESUS, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith." Hebrews 12:1-2
I don't know about you, but I hate being distracted. Distractions come in all shapes and sizes, and they come consistently throughout the day. Distractions keep us from accomplishing the things we set out to do during the day. I hate distractions.
Peter got distracted. Do you remember the circumstances that night when Jesus went up on the mountain to pray, and He sent the disciples into the boat to go ahead of him to the other side while He dismissed the crowd? Matthew 14:24 says, "The boat was already a considerable distance from the land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it." Verse 26 goes on to say that when the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water to them, they were "terrified." They thought Jesus was a ghost. Verses 27-31 shares the next incredible moments in Peter's life: "But Jesus immediately said to them, 'Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid.' 'Lord, if it's you,' Peter replied, 'tell me to come to you on the water.' 'Come,' he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, 'Lord, save me!' Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. 'You of little faith,' he said, 'why did you doubt?'" Peter had "little faith," yet his faith led him out of the boat and onto the water. His eyes were on Jesus in that moment. And then, he "saw the wind, and he was afraid." Peter took his eyes off the Master of the wind, and he began to sink. Peter was distracted by the wind, and this distraction kept him from continuing his incredible trek across the waters to Jesus.
I don't know what distractions are keeping you from doing the incredible things God has called you to do, but I do know this: you need to take your eyes off the distractions and put them on Jesus! The writer of Hebrews tells us to "throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles." I think many of us are quick to repent of sin, and that is very important in the life of a Christ follower. But it is also important that we throw off everything that hinders, and distractions hinder us! Keeping our focus on Christ will make all the difference in our lives. Keeping our focus on Christ will be the difference in walking on the water or sinking fearfully in it. Don't focus on the winds of distraction in your life today. Focus on the master of the wind, Jesus!