We live in a fallen world. There are temptations and distractions everywhere. Those who think this life is all there is, that there is no afterlife, take advantage of every pleasure and distraction available to them. But the Bible makes it clear that we are to live as aliens in a foreign land. Earth is our temporary home and heaven is our eternal one. For now, we travel through this world with the intent of reaching our final destination. This should be a Christian’s focus, our journey to God.
“ For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Philippians 3:20 (NKJV)
Our race has a purpose; there is a reason for the journey. Sanctification works out our character flaws, instructs us in love, and transforms us so that we reflect the image of Christ. Not all of us have the gift of evangelism, but we all have the call and honor to share the Good News. For it is God’s desire that all men be saved.
“Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:4 (NKJV)
So what is your focus today? Is it all about errands, work, tasks, and pleasures to explore or self-ambitions? Or, is your mind focused on your relationship with God and your journey to heaven? Are you praying for opportunities to share the Good News?
“What consumes your mind controls your life.” – Unknown
“Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires, but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:5-6 (NIV)
The Macmillan dictionary defines focus as “Focusing on a particular goal and not wasting time or energy on other things.” Our focus is not to be on personal achievements, the newest electronic toy, monetary gain, or the mansion on the hill we hope to purchase one day. The devil wants to distract us from our calling and purpose. He does this through worldly temptations and lies.
“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14 (NIV)
“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:2 (NKJV)
Some of us refuse to ask for directions or even consider the use of a GPS when traveling to an unknown location. This has certainly led many of us down long rabbit trails that never brought us to our desired location. The journey may have been interesting but the purpose of the journey was never fulfilled.
The Bible is our GPS. Our loving God, who encourages us to read it, provided His living Word to instruct and guide His children. He knows how easily we can be distracted and led off course. All we need to do is press the “HOME” button and it will wondrously help us find our way back to the path that leads to our eternal home.
We need to keep our eyes fixed straight ahead. Looking back is just another distraction the enemy will use to sideswipe believers in their journey. Losses, disappointments, bad decisions and regrets are ammo the devil uses to lead folks astray. He guides them into dangerous terrains then abandons them. Thankfully, we have a Good Shepherd who looks for lost lambs and carries them back to the fold.
“Let your eyes look straight ahead; Fix your gaze directly before you.” Proverbs 4:25 (NIV)
Another distraction occurs when our focus is on our self. When our eyes are not on God things begin to blur. Worldly views start to sound sane and tainted philosophies, filled with humanism, easily permeate our thinking until the existence of God becomes an actual question mark. It is so easy to find a way off the path of righteousness, and it can happen very quickly. One wrong turn easily leads to another wrong turn and then the GPS we refused to use is sorely longed for and required. It is the only thing that can deliver us from the tar pit we landed in.
“The more you focus on yourself, the more distracted you will be from the proper path. The more you know Him and commune with Him, the more the Spirit will make you like Him. The more you are like Him, the better you will understand His utter sufficiency for all of life’s difficulties. And that is the only way to know real satisfaction.” – John MacArthur
Today, take a good look at your surroundings. Are you in a pit of despair or lost in some dark wood? If so, there is a GPS you can utilize. The Bible is full of wisdom and instruction. There is guidance within that can safely direct you back to the peace of Christ. May your mind be steadfast in its focus on God’s love and faithfulness.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You.” Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)
“I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways.” Psalm 119:15 (NKJV)
“Don’t focus on your adversaries. Focus on God’s possibilities.” – Unknown