Focus on God's call
'Do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty.' 1 Samuel 12:21 ESV
The Bible says, 'We all have different gifts, each of which came because of the grace God gave us' (Romans 12:6 NCV). It's all part of God's plan: 'For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do' (Ephesians 2:10 NIV). God has a purpose for us in this world!
It can be challenging to work out what God's calling us to do, but once we figure it out, we need to stay focused on it. When Saul was appointed king, Samuel addressed the Israelites. One thing he said was, 'Do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty' (1 Samuel 12:21 ESV). Samuel was warning them to not be distracted by worthless things. Some translations use the term 'idols'.
We might not build statues to worship, but we can worship money, success, relationships or possessions. An 'idol' is anything that takes the place of God in our lives, and distracts us from following his call in our lives. We may even be distracted by good things: an opportunity to help someone or serve in church, or an exciting new project. But if God's not calling us to those things, then they're just pulling us away from what we should be doing. We need to focus on his specific call for us.
So what now? What do you tend to put above God in your life? Ask God to help you focus completely on him and the plans he has for you.
Soulfood: Heb 5-8, Mark 10:23-34, Ps 93, Pro 11:30-31