"I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them." 1 Timothy 2:1 (NLT)

Thursday, April 26, 2012


1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.  Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV

I was reading my daily devotional this morning, the title "Make Me (Jesus) Your focal Point".  Hmmm.... "Focal Point" or when I think of focal point I think of "Focus".   Thought about it a bit and what does "focus" really mean?  Looked it up.....these are just a few of the definitions that popped out at me. 

1.  A point at which rays of light or other radiation converge or from which they appear to diverge, as after refraction or reflection in an optical system: the focus of a lens. Also called focal point.

2. A center of interest or activity.   

and then I checked out the Thesaurus:

~ concentrate
~ engrossment
~ absorption
~ immersion
~ clarity

 There are tons more..

Our focus can get fuzzy when our thoughts and sights are not concentrated on Him.  If we gaze too long at our clarity of our circumstances we will become dizzy and confused.  A spinning dancer returning their eyes back to a given point to maintain balance. So we need to keep returning to Jesus to keep our balance when the circumstances of the world is whirling around us. This is what "fix your eyes on Jesus" means.  

Why not focus on Jesus?  We focus on our kids, our careers, our bodies, our homes and some on status or position.  Why not focus on Jesus? 

Jesus serves as a good example of how to focus on God. He said: “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work”, John 4:34.  He also said in John 6:38 “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me”.  Jesus could do so many things, yet He chose to do only the things that the Father wanted Him to do.  When we focus on God, He can show us what He wants us to do. It will not make us less busy, but it will make us more productive in our very busy day! Everyday we must learn to say to God, with David when he was being hunted, “My times are in your hands” Psalm 31:15.

As Christians we can lead by example.
Father God, thank You for Your faithfulness in our lives.  Today, we choose to trust and focus on You. Trusting You with our past, present and future.  Give us wisdom to discern the seasons of our lives and teach us to embrace the new things You have in store for us.  Help us with clear understanding our focus.  Show us what things are in our lives that keeps us from focusing fully on You in Jesus' name...Amen!!

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