Jesus had one purpose on earth—Do the Father’s will. That included many things on the way to the ultimate objective, which was to reconcile the world to God. There were many opportunities for Jesus to be distracted by a lot of things. Yet, Jesus showed us how to die to distractions as He lived.
“But when Herod’s birthday celebration came, Herodia’s daughter danced before them and pleased Herod. So he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. And prompted by her mother, she answered, ‘Give me John the Baptist’s head here on a platter!’ Although the king regretted it, he commanded that it be granted because of his oaths and his guests. So he sent orders and had John beheaded in the prison. His head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother. Then his disciples came, removed the corpse, buried it, and went and reported to Jesus.
When Jesus heard about it, He withdrew from there by boat to a remote place to be alone.” Matthew 14:6-13
“Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He dismissed he crowds. After dismissing the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray.” Matthew 14:22-23
Remember Jesus’ one purpose was to do the Father’s will. However, it appeared that every time He turned around someone else was dying or someone else needed to be healed, or someone else needed to be forgiven. So how did He stay focused? He retreated to be alone with His Father.
As Christians, we have one purpose—Glorify God. Yet many things distract us as well. We find ourselves being buried with work, chin high in laundry, children to feed, school work to help with, meetings to keep, etc. This doesn’t include all the entertainment and technology that bombardes are lives and vies for our time. Jesus reminded Martha of this very thing.
“While they were traveling, He entered a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who also sat at the Lord’s feet and was listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks, and she came up and asked, ‘Lord, don’t You care that my sister has left me to serve alone? So tell her to give me a hand.’
The Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.’” Luke 10:38-42
How can we die to the distractions around us and stay focused on our one purpose of glorifying God? Get alone with our Father. Sit at His feet and listen to His voice. Then we will be able to do only that which He calls us to do.