June 21, 2022

Colossians 3:2

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.


               One of the key elements for us to keep our lives together and on track with our purpose in Christ is to focus.  When I photograph, one of the key elements to capturing a good image is focus.  If I am out of focus my image is soft and distorted.  The details aren’t clear or as sharp as they should be.  Even though I may have all the elements such as composition, lighting, impact and exposure right, being out of focus will ruin it all.  Our lives can become the same way.  It is easy for all of us to lose sight of who we are and our purpose in Christ as we go about our daily routines of trying to make a living, raise a family, maintain friendships and all that goes into life.  We can easily get out of focus as to our function in living out of the Christ in us and not out of the flesh of us.  Our soul can be easily distracted by the world and it is our spirit in tune with the Holy Spirit that must direct and keep us in focus. 

               Focus isn’t something that we lock in once and we’re done.  It is something that we are continually are doing just as our circumstances and life is constantly changing we must continually be refocusing to keep our vision and purpose clear. 

               One of the ways that we focus is with the Word of God.  Deuteronomy 32:46 says, “And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law.”  It is the Word of God that continually instructs and helps to guide us in the ways of righteousness.  It continually reminds us of the heart and mind of God, as well as His direction and purpose for our lives. 

               Other ways that we focus are through our time we spend with the Lord, meditation upon Him and prayer.  1 Chronicles 22:19 says, “Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God…” Our primary pursuit in life is the Lord and to be well pleasing to Him.  How often we become distracted with pleasing ourselves.  We get the focus of God’s love and service out of its proper order.  Instead of loving and serving God, others and then ourselves, it can easily become loving and serving ourselves, others and then God. 

Finally the other way we keep in focus is found in Proverbs 3:6, “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”  We must keep before us the truth, that ‘it is no longer I that live, but Christ in me.’ We are not our own and yet God has left us with the choice to be our own or to be His.  It is our focus that keeps us His.  It is focus that keeps us in Christ and living out of Christ.  In all of life’s demands, drama’s, pleasures and enticements keep your focus.



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