Major Beliefs Day 32 – Being Watchful (2 Corinthians 11)
2 Corinthians 11:3- “But I am afraid that as the serpent led Eve away by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ,”
I don’t know about you but I know that I am easily distracted. I can quickly lose focus, which can lead to some comical moments in life, such as mowing part of the yard with the deck up. It can be funny in our everyday lives, but it can be deadly in our spiritual lives, if we get distracted and take our eyes off Jesus.
Paul warns us about doing that in 2 Corinthians 11. He is writing to a church filled up with people who have been distracted, people who have struggled. However prior to his writing this letter, they had experienced a turn around and had gotten much more serious in their relationship with Jesus. So now Paul writes to them and reminds them not to get distracted again. It’s good advice for all of us isn’t it, don’t get distracted as you follow Jesus because honestly distractions abound. They are everywhere.
What are some of the distractions that we face?
* False doctrine
* Trusting in our own good works
* and so much more.
Paul admits that he has been distracted in Romans 7 when he says,” the things I want to do I don’t do, and the things I don’t want to do those things I do.” ln other words Paul says I have fallen into sin because I have been distracted. Distractions abound, they are plenty.
Yet if we go back to 2 Corinthians 11 Paul tells us how to make sure we don’t get distracted. He tells us about all of the things that he has been through, being shipwrecked, being beaten, being hungry, being stoned, being in prison, and on and on. These difficulties constantly reminded Paul of his weakness and as he contemplated his weakness, he was reminded of the power of God and how he needed to depend on God. He realized how weak he was and in humility he proclaimed how much he needed Jesus. Thats a pretty good prescription to keep us from being distracted. It’s a prescription for life- realize your weakness and realize how much you need Jesus. It will keep your eyes off the distractions and on to Jesus!