3 Common Distractions That Can Challenge Your Walk With Jesus

by: Michael Woods | July 10, 2017

Let’s be real. It can be challenging to walk day-by-day with Jesus. I’ve tried hard to stay in-step with Jesus. I promised myself that “this time I’ll do it.” But something always ends up distracting me.

Luke 10:40 ESV

“But Martha was distracted…”

Distracted. The original Greek word in this verse is perispao — “to be overly occupied about a thing; to be drawn away.”

When Jesus met Martha that day she was “distracted.” We’ve all been like this, haven’t we.

There’s many things in our lives that can be distracting:

  • Books
  • Friends
  • Music
  • Movies
  • Smartphones
  • Social Media
  • Hobbies

There are so many more that I know you could add to this list.

So many things in this world fight for our attention…and when we allow them to take too much of our time…and attention…we lose our focus. If we are overly distracted and preoccupied with other things our ears will not hear Jesus’ call to walk with Him.

The answer is may necessarily be to cut these distractions out entirely. However, we do need to realize that they can distract us…and we need to keep them in check.

Below, I have listed 3 other common distractions that can interfere with your walk with Jesus.

Everyday worries

Psychology has taught us that the three basic needs of every human being are food, clothing, and shelter. It’s funny how we add many more to that list in our day and age, like a vehicle, smart phones/tablets, a partner worth one’s social status, a decent paying job, and more.

You may ask how these basic needs could possibly come in the way of our relationship with Jesus. How could these needs deter our walk with Him? But you know, as well as I do, we can end up giving them our undivided attention.

Jesus was very clear when it came to some of these things.

Matthew 6:25-30 ESV

  • “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”

Hectic routines and commitments

What happens to most of us in our pursuit to meet the basic needs in life is that we get extremely caught up either with studies, work, or the perfect career/business pursuit. Then, time becomes a very costly commodity for us. Consequently, we tend to not have time for prayer, bible study, or even church.  That’s why the Bible advises us:

Ephesians 5:16 ESV

  • “…making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”

We shouldn’t blame a lack of time as an excuse for our relaxed walk with Jesus. Make the most of your time in the office, at home, while travelling, and in everything you do. Create margin in your life and pursue a relationship with Jesus.


Ourselves. Us. The last one on the list of distractions, and possibly the most likely to distract us. We are, by nature, sinful, and if we live by our sinful nature, we will not get close to Jesus.No matter what you do, there will be a constant battle within yourself between spirit and flesh.

Romans 7:15-20 ESV

  • “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.”

That is why we need to constantly allow God to search our hearts, and purify it (Psalm 139:23-24). The first step to overcoming ourselves is being aware.

So there you have it. Three common distractions that can derail your walk with Jesus. It is a constant struggle to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, and to not become distracted by the passing concerns and things of this world. But if you are aware of what can, and does, interfere with your walk with Him, with His help you can begin to take the necessary actions to prevent them.

Remember, seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).

Question:  What would you add to this list?

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