Regaining Our Focus
On Tuesday, I wrote a post about losing our focus. Today, I am trying to help us all get that focus back when we lose it.
The first step is figuring out why we lost focus in the first place. I think scripture tells us why we tell to drift away from Who our focus should be.
Hebrews 12:1 tells us to lay aside every encumbrance that entangles us. The picture being drawn for us is of a runner. Instead of running is lightweight running gear, this runner is running in full clothes. Good clothes, but not the clothes needed for a race. Imagine someone running the upcoming Olympic marathon in jeans and polo shirt. That just won’t cut it. Want to regain your focus? Begin by laying aside whatever is weighing you down.
The author doesn’t just at good things that simply weigh us down. He moves on to something that destroys us. Let’s keep with the example of the marathoner. Imagine he eats McDonald’s everyday and stays out all night. His behavior isn’t what is necessary to compete at a high level. If he wants to win the gold meal in London, he will need to eat right and get proper sleep. The writer encourages us to do the same. He says to lay aside the sin that entangles us. Sin is like spiritual fast food and partying. It will destroy us spiritually like those will physically. Lay those aside.
Finally, look to Jesus. He is the goal. We can make so many things our goal. We can set so many dreams. Ultimately, though, if we are going to call ourselves Christian, He must be the ultimate goal for everything in our life. Career. Family. Church. Jesus must be the goal for all of the these. We must seek Him and His kingdom above all of these others.
Do you want to regain and keep your focus? Lay aside good things and bad that will weigh you down. Look to Jesus.
Are you focused right now? What do you need to lay aside to regain your focus on Christ?
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