Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Where is Your Focus???
For example, if we focus on our past we live in the past. If we are consumed by fear of our future or even anticipation for our future, we are focusing on the future. If we are alert and aware of our present, our focus is on the HERE and NOW!!! The present is the ONLY place where we can affect anything. You cannot change the past or alter the future. So if we live in the present and keep our eyes on the present, fixing our gaze on Jesus, we will live a more satisfied, successful, peaceful, and content life. And we will bring the Father much glory.
Do we focus on our pain, our finances, our schedule, or our sin? Our focus is SO important.
There is a time to look at our pain, our finances and our sin. Plus much more. But my point is that our focus has to be upon the Lord and His word.
Where is your focus?
If we focus on weight loss, getting out of debt, winning a game... or whatever, we are usually successful. Why? We keep our goal before us. The key to weight loss success is always finding ways to keep the goal right in front of you, whether it is thru Weight Watchers, and accountability partner, a group, or refrigerator reminders. The method is rarely ever the key to success. It is that you keep your focus on your goal.
The world is a very distracting place. There are things demanding our attentions. If we are not intentional with our focus, we will drown in a sea of busyness and trivial pursuits. If we want to walk a life that is honoring to God and draws others to Him, we are going to have to keep our eyes SET upon HIM. Jesus is our goal, to be like Christ. But it is not to conform ourselves into the image of Christ. Oh so subtly we can begin to think it is for us to do. But on the contrary, it is for us to set our eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth WILL grow strangely dim, in the light of His GLORY and GRACE. (such a great song, but those words cut to the heart of what I am saying) Listen to me here. FOCUS on Jesus. He is our goal. But it is not for us to do. As you set your eyes upon Him and your focus is neither to the left nor the right, as you emmerse yourself in who HE is. THERE is where the work begins inside of you. It is where the transformation is done. It is not a difficult mathematical equation. It is as simple as where you are focused.
That is why every day we need to seek Christ. We need to keep Him in the forefront of our minds. He is always there. He says He will never leave you. So as we set our eyes on Him, we become increasingly aware of His presence with us. As we become aware of His presence we become strengthen, encouraged, and more like Christ.
I have noticed that whomever I spend the most time with, I begin to pick up there mannerisms and behaviors. I begin to see things from there perspective and even at times pick up there offenses. So as we spend more time with Jesus the more we will be transformed inside out. I want to talk like Him, walk like Him, care about what He cares about. I want the transforming work of Christ in me. We need to look at the world from God's perspective. Ask Him for it.
Daniel 4:27 in the New Living Translation, says "Stop sinning and do what is right." Focus on that scripture. Seems pretty straight forward and simple when you boil it down. But we are able to effectively do this by the enabling power of Christ. We focus on HIM. He will strengthen us to stop our sin and to do what is right.
There is a story in the bible of a King who walked a life of focus. 1Kings 22:1-2 "Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. ... 2 And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the ways of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. "
Not turning aside to the right or the left. Keep your focus directly on Jesus. I believe it is a key to effective living.