“and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth…”Revelation 1:5 ESV
Through my years of walking with Jesus, I realized that it all boils down to two things that I really need to focus on in life – Jesus and the finish line.
Just like the lens of a camera, the more you focus, the clearer it gets to the point of a crystal-clear image.
Don’t we all want to have clarity in God’s purposes for our lives?
Don’t we all want Jesus to reveal Himself more distinctively in our lives?
As runners in Christ, don’t we all want to have a clear visual view of where the finish line is?
Then, we need FOCUS!
Fear nothing that you are about to suffer. Be aware that the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested [in your faith], and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful to the point of death [if you must die for your faith], and I will give you the crown [consisting] of life.Revelation 2:10 AMP
Focus on Jesus
Fixing your eyes on Jesus means that you need to maintain your faithfulness even in times of turmoil or distress.
God desires that deeply!
He wants you to know that He can be trusted and that He is ultimately in control.
What is the extent of your faithfulness that God is expecting from you?
In the verse above, it says ‘to the point of death’.
Be faithful in following the footsteps of Jesus, in discipling the world and being a witness for Christ.
Focus on the Finish Line
Fixing your eyes on the finish line does not mean that you are consumed by your destination.
Your goal should not be the destination, but the journey, and your constant and consistent prayers is the co-laboring in Christ, partnering with God in establishing His kingdom here on earth.
You need to seize every opportunity you have on earth to be kingdom-mission-minded, to do His will and to embrace the eternal rewards that is awaiting us.
The race you run daily, in communion with my Heavenly Father, in obedience & in faith, is how you partner with Him to bring light to darkness, order to chaos, death to life.
Tony Robbins remarked, “Focus on where you want to go, not on what you fear”.
When you know your eternal destination, you will then start to streamline and simply your life to what is important and what truly deserve your focus.
Staying focus is all about returning to basics.
A true disciple of Christ needs to live a life of discipline, worshipping the Father in spirit and in truth.
Spiritual disciplines are the key to achieving that focus we have been talking about above and to be faithful in doing it consistently.
I believe that one of the most effective ways that the body of Christ can finish this race marked out for us all, is to look at the life of Jesus, the journey He took here on earth, till the period through the Holy week, till Calvary hill.
I believe that we need to focus on Jesus faithfully, to look at His journey repeatedly, to see how He lived, how He persevered, how He stayed focus on what He has been called to do.
Jesus has all the answers with regards to spiritual disciplines.
He walked the talk.
He has been there and done that.
He modeled the way.
He paved the way.
Pray. Give. Fast. Repeat.
He demonstrated the ideal, the best and perfect way to finish a race.
Our job is to study His approach, His method and train myself accordingly.
In the world of distractions and distortions, we must fix our eyes and focus on Jesus so that our hearts can be aligned with His.
Jesus, with all humility, took on humanity and all our sins so that we can have the choice of eternal life.
His faithfulness to us empowers us to be faithful in our journey towards the finishing line.
I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward-to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision-you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.Philippians 3:12-16 MSG
Prayer and Reflection:
- What is that one thing that is distracting you from focusing your vision on Jesus?
How can you get rid of that distraction?
- What does faithful focus mean to you and how does it look like in your life?
- Have you been faithfully keeping your eyes on Jesus? If not, why?
Pray Philippians 3:12-16.