Fresh Hope – 19th December 2020

Watch out for distractions. You can be driving a car and get distracted and have an accident. You can be watching a football game, get distracted by one of the family and miss the goal. You can get distracted by a pretty girl and find yourself out of the will of God. Distractions come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Some have more serious consequences than the other.  

John 12 vs 1-8  is the account of Mary spending money on expensive perfume and pouring it on Jesus’s feet.

Judas however wasn’t happy; read vs 4-6  “but one of His disciples Judas Isacariot, who would later betray him, said “why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money used to give to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages. He did not say this because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, as keeper of the money, he used to help himself to what was in it.”

Here are two important points I want to leave with you:

1. Judas had got distracted by worldly things and lost sight of his calling to Christ. He was called as a disciple, yet went on to be the one that betrayed His Master and friend. Be careful that worldly things don’t take you away from your calling to Christ. It’s easy for you to get distracted by money etc and lose who you really are and what you were called to do.   
Some people right now are getting distracted by fear and situations and are not where they should be. Beware of distractions!

2. Be careful you don’t let people who have got distracted influence you. Judas had a big voice telling the others and Jesus what he thought about the perfume situation! Yet behind the scenes, he was the one in sin.  Be careful of people who have gone away from God, or not in relationship with God trying to distract you.  

I love how Jesus in vs 7 & 8 shuts the situation down and tells the others what they need to hear.   Today my friend, watch out for that distraction and if relevant , tell it to “shut up and go away!” 

Pastor Gillian

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