Jesus was focused.
During his time on earth, he had a particular mission and purpose given to him by his Father.
He did not waver from that course. There was temptation for him to become distracted- to stray from the particular course that God had called him to follow- but he did not.
We face similar challenges. Our enemy is a disruptor. He wants to keep us from fulfilling God’s plan and purpose for our lives.
How do we stay focused?
1 Thessalonians 1:3 We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
“Holy endurance of this Christ-like sort is an expression, not of pride, but of humility; not of defiant self-reliance, but of ready obedience; not of tight-lipped fatalism in a bleak, uncaring universe, but of resolute, though often pained and aching, submission to a loving Lord, of whom it has been truly said, Christ leads me through no darker rooms then he went through before.” J.I. Packer Rediscovering Holiness
We mirror the life of Jesus. We study his habits in Scripture and do our best to emulate his priorities- his focus.
J.I. Packer also listed 3 other things that we must do in his book, Rediscovering Holiness.
- We must hope in the future glory- focus on it to help us endure the difficulties of the present
- Center our hope on Jesus promised return
- We must be always ready for Christ’s appearing
How do we do these things?
By actively cooperating with God’s work of sanctifying us and resisting all distractions and/or pressures to use our energy doing something else.
Our Sunday school class is doing a study on C.S. Lewis’ book The Screwtape Letters.
We got on the subject of why do bad things happen to good people this past Sunday.
We had some people in our group who struggled with the horrific and terrible things that human beings do to each other- and wondered why God doesn’t do anything about it?
How can he let this suffering continue?
And as I sat to write this post- I thought about how questions like that can get us distracted.
We will never fully understand why.
We can talk about free will and God’s compassion and how he doesn’t want anyone to perish- but truthfully- our human minds can’t conceive the awesome mixture of love, mercy, compassion, justice and righteousness that encompass our God. I doubt those words even begin to scratch the surface of adequately describing Him.
If we choose to trust Him, to accept forgiveness and reconciliation through His Son- then we must also entrust Him with those things we don’t understand.
We must stay focused on our mission- what he has called us to do here on earth (just as Jesus did)- and I think in great part we serve to ease the suffering and aid the healing of God’s children.
That is one of our callings- to serve and be poured out as an offering for Him.
How that takes shape specifically is as different for each of us as we are unique in the way God made us.
Ephesians 2:8-10 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
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