When one goes to the Scriptures to learn about how to walk in a manner pleasing to God, there are many things which may be noted to be important. One of those things that is worthy of mention is the concept of keeping our focus on God. A few verses that emphasize this are:
Hebrews 12:1-2, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Philippians 3:13-14, “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
God is clear in His word that if we want to maintain our faithfulness to Him, we should be solely focused on our spiritual life. There are many warnings also of the dangers of not focusing on God.
Hebrews 2:1, “Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.”
2 Timothy 4:9-10, “Be diligent to come to me quickly; for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica—Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia.”
In our modern world there are many things that can allure us to be distracted from spiritual things. I would like to mention a few of these distractions over the next few weeks and offer some practical ways we can maintain our focus on what is truly important in our lives. Be thinking about what distractions are present in your life!