Monday, July 19, 2010

Getting Our Focus Right

Focus means "to concentrate on a center of interest or activity. To sharpen or clearly define."
As you study the life of the Lord Jesus you understand that He was focused. To some it may appear that Jesus was a nomad, wandering from village to village, performing miracles and displaying goodness as He went. However, nothing could be further from the truth.

Jesus, God robed in human flesh loved people, but nevertheless He remained focused. Though constantly challenged, He never wavered. He was harrassed by the rebellious leaders of the day. They dogged him day and night trying to harm His ministry. His disciples always had new ideas. One time they requested Jesus to call down fire from heaven to consume those they disagreed with.

Even Jesus' hometown would would not accept His ministry. Scripture tells us he could do no great work there because of their lack of faith. Satan tempted Him, trying to turn Him aside.

Jesus remained resolute. And His focus has served as a template for all of us as His disciples.

Nothing should be more important to us than focusing on what God wants us to accomplish. Jesus said "My heart is to do the will of Him that sent me." And that also should be our desire. It's easy for us to become comfortable and stagnant. But our minstries should always be fresh; and that should be our goal. Our passion should be to be used of God so as to bring glory to our Lord.

For three years the disciples were taught by the Master. Jesus held nothing back from them. He taught them in every phase of ministry. They saw Him laugh, weep, teach, pray, challenge, rest, serve, heal, answer, and lead. When it was their turn, they never asked how. They were focused.

Our work is demanding but the model of our teacher is simple "focus".
See you Sunday!

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