Have you ever been caught behind or next to a distracted driver? So scary. “Distracted driving is the act of driving while engaging in other activities which distract the driver’s attention away from the road.” This is the latest message in our “Change Your City” series, titled “Distracted Driver”. We’ve been looking at Jesus and his disciples lives in and around the city of Capernaum – city of comfort. And we found some distracted drivers on the way.
30 They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, 31 because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.” 32 But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.
33 They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” 34 But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.
35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
36 He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”
Are you engaged in other activities that distract you from the road Jesus is leading you on?
- Fail to pay attention- Jesus is speaking, are you listening and discerning.
Doing Life Together –
The disciples were focused on nonsense because they failed to understand what Jesus spoke to them about. What does this scripture mean to you in Mark 9? How have you allowed yourself to be distracted because you didn’t understand Jesus? Has Jesus spoken to you recently and you haven’t acted on it because you didn’t understand it? How can you stay focused in the future when Jesus speaks and you don’t understand?
2. Fail to think of others
3. Fail to confess
The cure for distracted driving and distracted disciplining is 1 in the same – give up the drivers seat to focus on what you should be focusing on.
You in the right seat with the right heart is what will change your city.
Next Steps: Practice actionable prayer this week. Pray for discernment and take action. If you feel led to fast then pray for what you need to fast over then fast. If you feel led to call someone and pray over them spend time discerning what the Holy Spirit needs to get across – then do it.