Teach me Your way, YHWH, that I may rely on Your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name. – Psalms 86:11
It is so easy to lose focus in service of the Lord. No matter where or how you serve Him, there will always be competing demands on your time, tasks that threaten to take us away from the primary purpose for which we have been set apart.
For example, as a pastor there were a multitude of activities competing for my time and attention and I did not always use my time wisely. Church administration, counseling, committee or team meetings, home visits, plus denominational duties often “busied” me, making it difficult to maintain the priorities that God had set (study and teaching). Later on, as a leader within an international missions ministry (and then founding another), the challenge of “mission drift” (a need to meet every need your ministry might encounter) threatened to pull us away from the purpose for which we had been established. Knowing why a ministry has been established and regularly revisiting and clarifying that purpose is vital. Is God glorified?
The distractions we face are real and they are usually very personal. In spite of them, we must press forward in God’s Word and perform the work of the ministry to which He has called us. This will often mean we must say, “no” to some opportunities in order to maintain a “yes” in those areas that truly matter to our Master. Know your purpose, find your groove, and hit it every day, full stride. Worship the Lord today (and all the days to come) with an undivided heart.
Worship is not an external activity precipitated by the right environment. To worship in spirit is to draw near to God with an undivided heart. We must come in full agreement without hiding anything or disregarding His will. – Erwin Lutzer