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Summary: Fifth in a series based on the book NOT A FAN, calling believers to be committed followers of Christ

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NOT A FAN #5 October 14, 2012

“Living Life Undistracted”

1 CORINTHIANS 7:29-35

Now let me say this, dear brothers and sisters: THE TIME THAT REMAINS IS VERY SHORT, so husbands should not let marriage be their major concern. [30] HAPPINESS OR SADNESS OR WEALTH SHOULD NOT KEEP ANYONE FROM DOING GOD'S WORK. [31] Those in frequent contact with the things of the world should make GOOD USE OF THEM WITHOUT BECOMING ATTACHED TO THEM, for this world and all it contains will pass away. [32] In everything you do, I WANT YOU TO BE FREE FROM THE CONCERNS OF THIS LIFE. An unmarried man can spend his time doing the Lord's work and thinking how to please him. [33] But a married man can't do that so well. He has to think about his earthly responsibilities and how to please his wife. [34] His interests are divided. In the same way, a woman who is no longer married or has never been married can be more devoted to the Lord in body and in spirit, while the married woman must be concerned about her earthly responsibilities and how to please her husband.

[35] I AM SAYING THIS FOR YOUR BENEFIT, NOT TO PLACE RESTRICTIONS ON YOU. I WANT YOU TO DO WHATEVER WILL HELP YOU SERVE THE LORD BEST, WITH AS FEW DISTRACTIONS AS POSSIBLE.

INTRODUCTION

Men are notorious for being distracted. Most of us could qualify for having ADD —

• Standing with my sweater in my hand…”Am I going somewhere or am I cold?”

• Dropping my car at the Wrong Garage

• Losing my eyewear prescription

A SNAP-SHOT OF MY LIFE: I simply want to check my email. In moments, however, I get caught in the web of the internet following a story, looking up something, blogging, reading other people’s blogs, checking the weather, looking to see if the Mountaineers are any closer to a championship, or just catching up on the news…and I never get around to checking the email.

The problem is that it all seems important, or at least necessary. Our lives are filled with the urgent, and we have no time for the eternal. We have tended to a million little things and left undone the big things. We have filled the day with things that do not ultimately matter and left undone the things that do matter. We have done what seemed necessary and neglected what was essential. Days turn into months and months into years, and our lives have become trivialized by distractions.

• In Luke 10 we find Marth, Mary’s sister, distracted so much by the “Urgent that she misses out on the Eternal, the moments she could have spent in communion with Jesus.

WHAT IS A DISTRACTION

• Anything that draws our attention away from something we are normally focused on.

O Good distractions might move our minds from pain or hurt, or temptations for a time so we can reset our focus.

O Bad distractions draw our attention from where it should be focused onto something other.

WHAT ARE DISTRACTIONS

• People

• Emotions/Feelings

• Things/Materialism

DANGERS OF DISTRACTION

• David hitting the pole – Distracted by me


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