The quickest way to unhappiness is the road the world thinks leads to happiness. Really. We tend to think if we only could satisfy our every whim and want we’d be happy. But we could not be further from the truth. When we focus on earthly and temporal things, we lose track of what really matters. Only when we focus on Jesus, we achieve what we were looking for from the beginning.
For there are many, of whom I have often told you, and now tell you even with tears, who live as enemies of the cross of Christ [rejecting and opposing His way of salvation], 19 whose fate is destruction, whose god is their belly [their worldly appetite, their sensuality, their vanity], and whose glory is in their shame—who focus their mind on earthly and temporal things. (Phil. 3:18-19, AMP,*)
But as children of God we are different. There’s far more to life for us. We are called to focus on Jesus because in him we find everything we need. While we keep on focusing on Jesus, we experience wholeness like never before and slowly but surely we are also maturing spiritually.
And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you]. (Romans 12:2, AMP,*)
We need to stop focusing on the problems of the world or the troubles of our own life. Peter was walking on the water when his eyes were on Jesus. Anything is possible when we focus on Jesus. But when we focus on anything else, also we start sinking in.
But how can we constantly keep our focus on Jesus? By [looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity] (Hebr. 12:2, AMP,*) We need to guard our hearts and minds from any distractions. The season of Lent is an opportunity to take down things that keep us from Jesus. They might be even good things in general. But if they keep us from centering our attention on Jesus, they need to go.
Focus on Jesus, my friend. It might feel it takes away all the fun from your life. But that’s a lie the enemy wants you to buy. Jesus always gives more than he takes. And only Jesus knows what’s best for you. Hence focus on Jesus and rejoice!
Thank you for salvation through faith in Jesus.
Thank you for wholeness through faith in Jesus.
Help us to guard our hearts and minds from any distractions
and focus on Jesus all the days of our lives.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: What keeps you (from) focusing on Jesus?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you focus on Jesus all the days of your life!
* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].