• Chris Steele

Distractions

Be Strong, Be Well — Sunday, July 19

The other day when an Amber Alert sounded on my phone, our grandson asked what it was. I told him, “A little girl is lost. They let everybody know so we could keep an eye out for her.” He ran to the front window. “I’m going to keep my eye on her!” After a short pause, his eye was drawn to the TV. “But I’m going to watch TV too.” Good news—later in the day, a notice was sent out saying the little girl had been found safe.

This made me think about how we treat our responsibility to find the lost and lead them to Christ. We are concerned to a degree, but far too often we are side-tracked with other interests and concerns.

In this time of caution and social distancing, it may be hard for us to imagine studying with people in the way it used to be done not long ago. We must guard against these added distractions and remember we still have a command to go and teach the lost (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15, 16)..

Even in these times we have so much at our fingertips to help us connect with people and teach them. There are different ways to help folks to see the truth and lead them to Christ.

Although I don’t use any of the social media platforms, I understand, for the Christian, they can be challenging in and of themselves. Major distractions can be thrown at you from every angle. However, if we approach this avenue with caution and wisdom, much good can come from it.

Guiding people to online Bible studies from various sources is a good way to grab someone’s attention. There are many lessons one can read, video studies to watch, and yes, there is still email and telephones.

May we strive to keep our eye open for the lost—the soul needing to be found and saved. While at the same time, may we keep those distractions from getting the upper hand. —Chris

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