I am preparing a message on the importance of eliminating distractions and making Christ and His crucifixion our focal point. These New Testament Scriptures illustrate the point:
For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2).
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’ ‘Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, ‘you are upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her’ (Luke 10:38-42).
When I preach and teach, I like to use the Old Testament Scriptures to illustrate New Testament truths.
I am looking for Old Testament examples of men and women of faith who single-mindedly focused on God and His promises and who eliminated all worldly distractions in their desire to please God.