Look At That!

focus

 (According to Mirriam-Webster online)
fo·​cus | \ ˈfō-kəs  \
plural foci\ ˈfō-​ˌsī  also  -​ˌkī \ also focuses

Definition of focus

1aa center of activity, attraction, or attention

ba point of concentration
2directed attention 
3a: direction
ba state or condition permitting clear perception or understanding 
What is your ‘focus‘ these days?
If you’re like most people–myself included–a major ‘focus‘ of your mind, emotions, and life have been the Coronavirus and its impact.
Will I get it?
If so, what effect will it have–how severe will it be?
Will anyone I know die from it?
Will it overwhelm our healthcare system?
Will our economy survive its impact?
This is all understandable.
However, I’d like to encourage you to ‘focus‘ elsewhere.
I want to encourage you to ‘focus‘ on God.
Specifically, His love for you, His plan for you, His desire to be known by you.
Jesus came to earth for that very purpose.
Many of us ‘believe’ that, somewhere in the recesses of our minds–at least, to some extent. However, we don’t ‘focus‘ on it, and therefore, it has no practical, day to day impact. Therefore, our belief has no power to change our lives.
We may have ‘belief‘, but we don’t have ‘faith‘. We have intellectual assent, but not personal buy-in.
Therefore, in times like these, when the heat is turned up, it does us no real good. It gives us no real comfort.
Because we’ve relegated our belief in God to the distant recesses of our minds, we don’t understand what He wants us to know. We miss the point.
God–the God of the Universe, the Creator, the Alpha and Omega, beginning and the end–that same God, created YOU. Not only that, but He loves you, cares for you, and knows you–more than you do yourself! He wants the best for you, but his ‘best’ is not only about the here-and-now. His ‘best’ is much bigger than your pocketbook, portfolio, job, even your health.
His ‘best’ is your ETERNITY!
Your Eternal Good is His Focus!
Therefore, when you and I go through dark times, when we struggle, when we deal with setbacks and struggles, we need to know–to have clear in our minds–this fact: God sent Jesus to pay for your sin, and make a ‘relationship’ with Him available to you. This relationship is for your good and will transform your life–now, and in eternity.
As Jesus, Himself, said: “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever would believe in Him would not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world, through him, could be saved.” (John 3:16-17)
This relationship with God, through faith in Jesus, changes everything–including how we respond to trials!
It allows us to put our ‘focus’ not on our temporary circumstances, but on the God who reigns over those circumstances!
2 Corinthians 4:7-9: “…we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”
Dare I add, ‘attacked by this virus, but not devastated.’ 

The writer’s point is that, because the power to live our lives comes from God, nothing can completely conquer us. His power within us–available to all through a faith relationship with Jesus–allows us to rise above it all.

It doesn’t guarantee that nothing in this life will harm us, rather it gives us assurance that this life is not all there is!

It allows our ‘focus‘ to be different.

 

He continues:

2 Corinthians 4:16–18: 

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

We FIX OUR EYES…(aka, ‘focus‘) not on what is seen (ie, Coronavirus, economy, etc.) but on what is unseen (eternal kingdom of God), and therefore, we gain perspective, positivity, boldness…

So today, let me encourage you: Spend significant time directing your ‘focus‘ to the Lord.

If you’ve not come to faith in Him yet, address that! (If you need help, let me know.) If you have faith in Him, spend time praying, worshiping, reading His Word (2 Cor. 4, Romans 8, and Psalm 23 would be great), and FOCUS on Him!

Blessings!

Dave

Published by Pastor Dave Johnson

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Lori, Proud Father to 6 great kids, Co-Pastor of Kalamazoo Community Church. Long-suffering Detroit Lions fan.

One thought on “Look At That!

  1. Thank you Dave for keeping us focused on what is important. We must stay in the word. These scriptures are so important to give us hope and encouragement. Such trying times that none of us have ever encountered before. Talking on the phone, NOT TEXTING, I believe that helps to show that person you really care. Your prayer time is totally awesome. Plus, a great way to see who needs prayers and just seeing someone’s name and comment lets me know who needs a phone call. Peace and Blessings

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