The Danger of Distractions

Good works don’t save you but you are saved in order to do good works!
The moment you start creating movement on behalf of the things that matter to God, your spiritual enemy will show up and try to resist the very work that God put in your heart.

If your enemy can’t destroy you, he will distract you.


1. The Distraction of Opportunities (Nehemiah 6:1–2)

What we often see as an opportunity, God sees as a distraction. There’s never been an easier time to be distracted in the history of the world than it is today. Today it’s so easy to become great at doing things that don’t matter. It’s never been easier to be passionate about wasting your time. In order to accomplish great things, you must learn to say no to some good things. See Nehemiah 6:3–4.
We must be strategic about our “no”. We don’t say “no” because we don’t care. We say “no” because we really do care about what God has called us to do. Just because you could do something, doesn’t mean you should do something.
(Verse 3) I am doing a good work and cannot come down. What, right now, is a constant distraction from the good work you should be doing — as a Christian, spouse, parent, etc.?
See 1 Corinthians 15:58. Evaluate new opportunities in light of God’s higher call upon your life. Remember that staying focused on a good work means sometimes saying “no”.

2. The Distraction of Rumors (Nehemiah 6:5–7)

Don’t let the whispers of people distract you from the work of God. You will never do big things if you’re distracted by small-minded people. We’re never gonna let the opinions of others or rumors take us away from the calling and good work of God.
Don’t worry about what people say about you. Worry about what’s true about you. Just live a life that honors God and don’t let the critics, don’t let the haters knock you out of God’s mission.
How did Nehemiah respond to the rumor? See Nehemiah 6:8–9. Instead of letting it discourage or distract him, it steadied him and made him more determined in the good work. Notice Nehemiah’s prayer: “Now strengthen my hands.” His prayer was for him to stay strong and stay focused in the midst of the rumors, distractions, and gossip of his enemies.
Do not let someone else’s opinion of you disrupt God’s calling for you! See Psalm 90:17.

3. The Distraction of Entitlement (Nehemiah 6:10–13)

This might sound like a good and noble idea, right? But it was a trap — an attempt to trick Nehemiah into overstepping his authority and preserving himself by exercising his power for personal gain. It was attempt to give Nehemiah a bad name — to discredit him.
Do not allow external success to do internal damage to your heart. Isn’t it true that personal success can often lead to a sense of personal entitlement? One of the biggest dangers of any kind of success is the temptation to start leading with an entitled spirit.

The good work God has for you isn’t about you, it’s about Him and His mission.