DonÕt Get Distracted
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. We have to have a set focus on our spiritual work (I Corinthians 16:15).
1. A ChristianÕs true citizenship is not in this world (Philippians 3:20-21).
2. Where is your hope (Colossians 1:5 and I Peter 1:3-4)?
B. We have to have a tight grip on what is important (I Timothy 6:12).
1. There is someone better than life that our soul should follow after hard (Psalms 63:1-8).
2. We should seek after the Lord as though we are hungry and thirsty (Psalms 42:1-2 and Matthew 5:6).
II. Body: CAUTION (Luke 8:11-15 [*v.14], II Timothy 2:3-4, and II Peter 2:20-22).
A. Working to provide for yourself, your family, and to help others is godly (Proverbs 13:11, Ephesians 4:28, and II Thessalonians 3:10-12).
1. These things MUST be secondary to the Lord (Luke 9:23-25).
2. What does it say of us if our main focus is to Òget moreÓ (Ecclesiastes 5:9-15 and Philippians 4:11-13)?
3. Where is your heart when you are focused on a better materialistic living first and foremost (Matthew 6:19-21)?
B. WeÕre supposed to be good husbands/wives (Colossians 3:18-19).
1. A godly mother will guide the home (I Timothy 5:14).
2. A godly man will lead and provide for his family (I Timothy 3:4 [<-a qualification of an elder] and I Timothy 5:8).
3. Yet, we cannot prioritize our families over the Lord (Matthew 10:37).
a. Before we forget, who created families (Genesis 2:18-24 and Proverbs 19:14)?
b. When God is first in all of our lives, the proper love and honor will exist in our homes (Ephesians 5:22-6:4).
C. WeÕre supposed to take care of our health (I Corinthians 6:20 and III John 2).
1. Does that mean our physical health should take precedent over our spiritual health (Philippians 2:25-30)? <– Remember that the next time you think a workout or a doctors appointment is more important that your spiritual responsibilities.
2. Life is more than physical well-being (Matthew 6:25).
3. That body many people are so worried about is just a temporary, dying shell anyway (James 2:26; cf. Hebrews 9:27).
4. Be MORE concerned about your spiritual health (Galatians 6:8).
III. Conclusion: God expects us to have our affections on things above (Colossians 3:1-4).
© 2012 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager