Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Finding our Focus in Christ

13Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.  14But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?  15And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. -Matthew 3:13-15 (KJV) 
God has laid on my heart a burden regarding how conflicted, distracted, and confused people are these days.  We have so much coming at us that it is becoming increasingly difficult to focus on the main task at hand.  All my life I have heard terminology about the dangers of being spread too thin.  We find our example in Jesus who was always focused in the right direction.  He willingly was baptized by John and then moved forward to accomplish His purpose for coming into the world.  Jesus did not let Himself be distracted.  We do well to follow this example. 

Try to do too much, try to keep too many things going at one time, and we run the risk of not accomplishing much of anything.  We can be busy, our lives, loaded with activities, our schedules full, and our energies always being used.  Yet if we are not careful we end up accomplishing little.  The reason being we are running here and there, trying to do so much at once that no one achievement ever gets truly finished.  This can be an extremely frustrating way to live.  We start making statements that sound like this:  
  • I work all of the time, but I can’t seem to get caught up. 
  • I work daily to try and keep my house clean, but it always appears to be a mess. 
  • I have something going on all of the time, but I’m not really sure if I’m accomplishing anything.
  • I’m surrounded by people, but I often feel lonely.
  • I have goals, but I never move toward them.
  • I have dreams, but they never come true.
  • I possess hope, but I remain unfulfilled.
Maybe you have been there; maybe you are there right now.  When we begin to focus upon Christ, then we come to understand where our priorities lie.  As we seek Him first, everything begins to line up in its proper place (Matthew 6:33).   Do not give up; keep looking to the Lord and trusting in Him, for He has a plan for your life.

A closer walk with the Lord can take place – regardless of where we might have been or what struggles we may have endured.  Christ has not called us to lay down in defeat, but to rise up in faith and victory.  Christ has not called us to stagnate, but to grow. He has not called us to stay where we are, but rather to move forward. The Lord has not called us to cower in fear, but to rise up in faith.  Christ has not called us to the mundane, but to the miraculous. 

Resolve to trust the Lord and walk forward in victory – today. 

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