Hello, my friends! Today, I want to talk with us about focus. If we don’t have clear focus, we won’t know with any degree of accuracy where we are going. We might even head the wrong direction with absolute confidence that we are going the right way.
For those of us that get up during the night and try to avoid light switches at all costs, we know how important good eyesight and light is. At home, our memory serves us well – keeping us safe from danger. However, what if we aren’t home? Danger awaits those without good eyesight and keeping in the light. In order to stay safe and to keep seeking Jesus, we must stay in His light. Keep in the Word, prayer, confession and removal sin from our lives (with His help and power), receiving and celebrating His mercy, and fellowship with His people.
THE SCRIPTURES – Matthew 6:22-23; Isaiah 5:20
The eye is like a lamp for the body. Suppose your eyes are healthy. Then your whole body will be full of light. But suppose your eyes can’t see well. Then your whole body will be full of darkness. If the light inside you is darkness, then it is very dark! (Mt. 6:22-23)
How terrible it will be for those who say that what is evil is good! How terrible for those who say that what is good is evil! How terrible for those who say that darkness is light and light is darkness! How terrible for those who say that what is bitter is sweet and what is sweet is bitter! (Is. 5:20)
When I went to a conference last year, I was met with a slogan relating to its verse (Colossians 3:1-2). The slogan asked a question, to all its participants. “What are you looking at?”
As Christ followers, we need to let our gaze be steadily on Him – the Supplier of Life. If I am led by my Savior Jesus, my entire life is impacted. Every single conduct is guided by Jesus’ hand and the loving words He has spoken to me.
We need our spirits to be completely focused on Him, for the real treasures are where He is. He is the Source of Life and eternal treasures. When I fix my eyes on other things, I lose the opportunities to experience the fullness of God, to avoid pitfalls, and to overflow with joy – God’s joy!
But when my focus is on Christ, I am greatly blessed. I can see temptations and traps before they have arrived in my midst. I can avoid falling into areas of sin, that once entangled me. I can confess my sin and experience the power of Christ that breaks the chains of sin. I can stay encouraged, and never again feel utterly empty – because Christ is filling me up.
Where my focus is, there the rest of me will stay. My eyes need to be on the Sparrow.
Lord, I don’t know how exactly to do this. But, I need my whole focus to be on Christ. Father, show me how to put my eyes on You in a way that will radically change all I am and will be. When I look to You, make me immovable where no distraction will grab ahold of me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.