As believers, our purpose is to bring the most glory we can to God, to strive to do all we can for Jesus, to live our lives for Jesus, to give Jesus 100%. Do you agree? The problem I think we have is that we allow things in our lives to become distractions. What is a distraction that would get in the way of your pursuit of living for Jesus? EVERYTHING IS A DISTRACTION! We allow all kinds of things in our lives that we then allow to distract us from our purpose. Their are bad things that are distractions. That is what we like to emphasize. I know that people like to point at the TV, music, movies, etc as bad things that become distractions. But lately, I have been thinking about other things that are distractions. Good things, actually they are great things. I want to address one of them in this post.
In the Bible, Paul speaks of a spouse as a distraction. 1st Corinthians 7:32-33 says, “But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.” Do you realize what he is saying? He is saying that you cannot give your full attention to the Lord because you must give some attention to pleasing your wife (spouse). Your spouse can be a distraction. Actually, your spouse is naturally a distraction, as are you to her.
But, there is a great example of a married couple, that were not distractions to each other from the Lord, but rather a team that brought more glory to God than they might have alone. Aquila is found 6 different times in the Bible, and is not found without being joined with his wife, Priscilla. They were a team that worked together to glorify God, and bringing others along. Because their names are ALWAYS mentioned together, it shows that it wasn’t just Aquila as the “gospel laborer” and Priscilla being the supporting wife at home. No, she was very much involved in the ministry with Aquila. They were not just husband and wife, but co-laborers in the furtherance of the Gospel! My wife and I are natural distractions, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We must strive to be co-laborers, always working and bringing each other as well as others closer to Jesus.
Are you married? If you are, are you a distraction to your spouse? As married couples, we must strive to be like Aquila and Priscilla, co-laborers in the Gospel!