January 5, 2005 • By Ed Wrather01.05.05
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. - Matthew 6:33.
For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. - Hebrews 12:3.
Julia Bauer who lives in Bochum, Germany was driving to work one morning when she lost control of her car. She smashed into a parked car and then into a lamppost causing damage of around $27,000. Julia lost control of her vehicle while she was preparing her breakfast. She was pouring milk into her cereal, and the bowl slipped. Julia tried to catch the bowl while it was falling, which resulted in the crash of her car when her attention was diverted from driving.
Julia might tell you that she was multi-tasking. A police officer would tell you that Julia was inattentive to her driving. Her focus had shifted from driving to preparing breakfast and the falling bowl. The result was bad, but it could have been so much worse. At least there was no loss of life.
It is now the year 2005 and with a New Year comes the opportunity to make what we used to call resolutions. However, instead of making resolutions, maybe we ought to refocus. The dictionary defines the word “focus” as “A center of activity or interest.” With a new year, we should at least take time to consider what our major focus of life is at this point. What is your focus, your primary focus right now? How does this focus line up with the focus the Bible tells us we ought to have?
Jesus tells us plainly what should be our primary focus in Matthew 6:33. It may be your life is so busy that you think, how can I do that? Jesus adds, “and all these things shall be added to you.” This means that if we have the Kingdom of God, Jesus as our primary focus everything else in our life will work out as God would have it to. It is a matter of faith. Do we believe the Word of God to be true or not?
Hebrews 12:3 gives us some additional benefits of having the right focus “lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.” I think we know what that means. It means that when we do not have the right focus we tend to become stressed, depressed, worried, and things start to come apart in our lives instead of coming together.
Here are some suggestions for refocusing:
Read through the Bible in a year.
Spend 15 minutes or more in prayer every day.
Attend church regularly, faithfully.
Give financially and of your time to the Kingdom of God.
Remember the 10 commandments are not just suggestions.
To make a commitment to refocusing your life a good place to start is 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Because if the Kingdom of God is not our primary focus we have sinned and we are not in a right relationship with our Lord.
Resolutions and commitments are such fragile things and rarely are they kept over a long period of time. However, without a commitment of the heart, there will never be a change, and there will never be a refocus of your heart. If you will keep this commitment of refocus, you will see as you live life over a period of years that truly “all these things” have been “added to you.” You will be blessed, and God’s hand will be upon your life.
Before the moment of opportunity slips away, REFOCUS!!!!