Thursday, March 28, 2013

3/28/13 by Bob Keiter

The New World Dictionary does not make it easy to pick one definition for the word "Focus".  I will go with "An adjustment to make a clear image".

In  the book of John 12:27-36, Jesus knew his crucifixion lay ahead, and because he was human, he dreaded it.  He knew he would have to take the sins of the world on himself and he knew this would separate him from his Father.  He wanted to be delivered from this horrible death, but he knew God sent him into the world to die for our sins, in our place.  Although we will never have to face such a difficult and awesome task, we are still called to obedience.  Whatever the Father asks, we should do and bring glory to his name.

One of the first "growing up" religious books I owned was given to me by my grandfather.  It was called "Focus on the Gospel".  Paul, the writer, planned to visit Rome and he wanted the Christians there to pray for him so he could go on to serve God.  Paul wanted to protect new Christians from elements destructive to their faith and character.  We as Christians often settle for "what is" rather than reaching for "what is possible".  When we are in tune with the Holy Spirit, Paul says, we produce His fruits; love, joy, faithfulness, and self control. 

We should exercise our freedom to love and serve.  Freedom must be guided by love as we build each other up in the faith, being sensitive and helpful to those who are weak.  (Romans 14: 1 - 15: 4)

My goal to try to stay focused is to remember the following:  1) Live simply, 2) Speak truthfully, 3) Serve faithfully, 4) Love generously, 5) Pray daily, and 6) Leave the rest to God.

We should all sharpen our focus on life by praying like Paul did.  This will give us insight into where we are spiritually.  Let's cling to the truth we have heard from true teachers and stay in focus this weekend. 

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