Monday, May 05, 2008

Keep Focused on God

In my heart I know that there is nothing greater in this life than to have a relationship with God. I recall those times when life seemed so clear and I could truly call God my friend. Yet the reality of my life is that more often than not I live as if my relationship with God was of no consequence.

It is so easy to lose sight of the life God has planned for us as we are pushed forward by the tide of life. It is hard to focus on God when a thousand other things demand our attention. God quickly becomes an afterthought as we address what is urgent and immediate in our lives.

How can we be more consistent in focusing our lives on God? I believe that first step is to remember eternity. We put so much effort into accumulating things and trying to get noticed that we sometimes forget the temporary nature of the things we are chasing after. Champions are replaced, trophies are trashed, things break, and technology becomes obsolete. As the apostle John wrote; 17 And the world and its desires are fading away, but the person who does God's will remains forever (1 John 2:17; ISV). We need to stop and remember what is survives.

The second step is worshiping God. We worship whenever we focus our hearts and minds on God. It could be singing songs of praise, it could be a discussion with a friend, it could be listening to a sermon, it could be a walk in the woods. When we take our eyes off of God and begin to focus on the world around allows us to become more concerned with the busyness of our lives rather than trusting God. Worship gives us the opportunity to readjust our lives to God. The psalmist wrote:
1 Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary! Praise him in the sky, which testifies to his strength! 2 Praise him for his mighty acts! Praise him for his surpassing greatness! (Psalm 150:1,2; NET)


The third step is that we need to focus on is relationships. People are more important than the things in our lives. We agree that people are important, but often our lives tell a different story. It is very important for us to emphasis the relationships in our lives, because it is through spending time with people that we begin to experience life the way it is meant be lived. Through the relationships we have with family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors we are able to become a blessing to them. When we are a blessing we are then able to influence them. Influence, rather than position and power, allows us to have a greater impact on their lives.

13 For the Lord's sake submit yourselves to every human authority: whether to the king as supreme, 14 or to governors who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right. 15 For it is God's will that by doing right you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live like free people, and do not use your freedom as an excuse for doing evil. Instead, be God's servants. 17 Show honor to everyone. Keep on loving the brothers, fearing God, and honoring the king. (1 Peter 2:13-17; ISV)


When our lives have lost their focus and we are drowning in the demands of life it is time to take time and refocus on lives on what is really important. We can allow ourselves to be pushed along with the tide of life, or we can choose to live in harmony with God. There is no greater life than the life that is lived for God.

  • Point to Ponder: It is so easy to lose sight of the life God has planned for us as we are pushed forward by the tide of life.
  • Passage to Remember: 1 John 2:17
  • Question to Consider: How do you keep from allowing life to overwhelm you?

1 comment:

Alan said...

Paul,

I was scanning through my "hits" today and noticed that you stopped by my blog. Thanks for taking time to read a little of it. I hope God blessed you as a result.

I like what you're doing here. I'll be keeping my eye on this blog.

Blessings!

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