I have a beautiful 2 year old little girl named Sada that rarely accomplishes any task that I give to her. Although the task is always really simple, she never gets far before she meanders on to something else. It’s not that she’s being disobedient, she just gets distracted. She forgets what’s important because her attention is so easily stolen away.
However, getting distracted isn't just a problem for Sada. We notice it in little boys chasing butterflies in the outfield, teenagers surfing the internet instead of finishing homework, or drivers checking Facebook at a red light. It’s not that they’re intentionally forgetting their goal, it’s just that their attention is so easily stolen away.
Although it’s less noticeable than chasing butterflies or checking Facebook, distraction is a common problem for followers of Jesus as well. In fact, Jesus says as much in Mark 4:19 – it’s not major life events that Jesus says will keep us from growing and maturing in our faith, but cares of the world, deceitfulness of money, and desire for other things. Distractions. It’s not that we’re trying to meander from accomplishing the one task He gave us, it’s just that our attention is so easily stolen away.
In His last command, Jesus instructed His followers to go into all the world and make disciples. While that command has looked different in different cultures at different times and in different contexts, the command hasn’t changed in almost 2,000 years. As followers of Jesus, we have one simple objective – make disciples who make disciples. At Sojourn, we define a disciple as someone who follows Jesus by knowing Him, treasuring Him, and obeying Him. But definitions have a funny way of fading to the periphery in light of distractions.
When you find yourself meandering through a season of life, unsure of your purpose and without a clear objective, it may not be that you’re living in flagrant disobedience but that you’ve simply gotten distracted from the mission.
If that’s you, be encouraged. Because God is a good Father and good fathers understand that when their 2 year old gets distracted, it's simply an opportunity to capture their attention once again.