And he said to them all, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow me. Vs. 23
Besides prosperity and comfort, another thing that can divert our attention while running the race is resting before we reach your goal.
Our goal is heaven and on earth we have no resting place. The Wise men in the book of Matthew 2:1-16 kept on travelling for a period of two years following the star. A period of resting would have been appealing to them, but because they had to reach their goal and the star they were following was still moving, they kept on going for that whole period. If they had called for a rest, they would have missed their trail.
Why are we declaring a rest when we have not reached our goal? Calling for rest before its time will always lead the fellow into trouble.
When David was jumping from cave to cave, he did not commit adultery, but when he was resting when he should be at war, so Satan gave him another assignment which he did very well and lived to regret. That short period of rest led him into certain sins that brought the sword upon his generations.
Another diversion from the race is taking your eyes off the star.
When the Wise men entered Herod’s palace, they could no more see the star. All they were seeing was the glittering glory of an earthly king, while they were supposed to be on their way to the King of Kings.
When we take off our eyes from the Lord and place it on someone else or something else, we have diverted.
The focal scripture says
If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow me. Vs. 23
For we to follow Christ totally we have to be very conscious daily of not taking our eyes off the Lord. Because Christ knew that if we are conscious of it daily, we won’t take our eyes off the Him.
Do not look at man, do not look at your strength but look at the cross you've taken up and follow him.