Our Focus: The Christian's Priority of Priorities
January 22, 2006
INTRODUCTION: We have centered our attention in these last two weeks on Jesus' challenge concerning finding real life: Lifefinder. We have dealt with love for Christ and His Word that leads to obedience, and also living out a life of integrity. Today, we are looking into a life of focus. We wish to consider the graciousness of God, certainly born out of His grace, and how a proper view leads to gratefulness in our life.
"It causes us to realize that every decision about what we do with the resources (God has given us) - time, talents (ability/gifts), and treasures that He has provided become a spiritual decision."
Jesus gives us not only the privilege of knowing Him, but also the opportunity to serve others.
Focus – a center of activity, attraction, or attention; a point of concentration; directed attention
1. TO BE SELF-FOCUSED
Means that we seek first our agenda and this becomes our
priority as opposed to God's plan for us.
2. TO BE GOD-FOCUSED
Means that we seek first His agenda and every part of our
life is in the process of engaging His purpose for our life.
These two focuses beg the question: Who is on the
"throne" of your life? Self or Savior
God's Word brings unbelievable change in our lives as we
obey its truth.
"The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his old worn-out Bible. His grandson, who wanted to be just like him, tried to imitate him in any way he could.
One day the grandson asked, 'Papa, I try to read the Bible just like you, but I don't understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do?' ...
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