by Kevin Rutherford


The devil bombards us every day with temptations and distractions (1 Peter 5:8).  Sometimes he is the most effective among Christians when he uses common every day situations to distract us from our purpose (Luke 8:14). Christians become wrapped up in work, school, family activities, entertainment, etc. and loose sight of what is really important.  When we become so determined to be rich that we begin to fall away from the church the question must be asked “what are we doing (Hebrews 3:13)?”  When Christians become so wrapped in their child’s sports, band, and other activities that they miss church services some should ask them, “What are you doing?”

I will tell you what we are doing.  We are veering off the road that leads to eternal life and we are steering toward the road that leads to eternal damnation (Matthew 7:13, 14).  The sad thing is that sometimes we are taking our families with us.  What kind of parents would take their kids for a drive on a road that ends in with a huge drop off into a mile deep canyon?  What kind of parents steer their families in the direction of a spiritual drop off that will lead them to depths of hell (Ephesians 6:4)?

The problem is not just with parents who have children at home.  The problem exists with many Christians.  Many Christians are so wrapped up in themselves they are failing to focus on God.  We are allowing the devil to distract us from our purpose in life (Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14).  We are going in the wrong direction.  “What are we doing?”  We need to examine our lives and make priorities (Matthew 6:33).  Those things that will not go with us into eternity should not be a priority with us (1 Timothy 6:7, 8).  Preparing ourselves for eternity must be our number one priority (2 Timothy 4:6-8).