Hebrews 12:2 Keeping Focused

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

When a young child is doing something, he is often very focused and does not notice other things going on around him. As a person gets older, many will begin to lose that focus.

It takes practice to continue to focus on one thing, while ignoring what is occurring all around. With as many things occurring all the time, people are constantly shifting their focus from one thing to another.

After listing many people who demonstrated faith in God, the author of Hebrews tells the people to fix their eyes upon Jesus, the beginner and perfecter of faith.

Just as the world loses focus on a regular basis, many believers will also lose focus. Some will lose focus of God and begin to focus upon the things of this world.

Others will stay focused upon God, but get lose their focus to different trends and movements of the church. They begin to put their trust in new programs, rather than God.

The believer who is focused upon Jesus will not be easily swayed or led down the wrong path. He will not be easily tempted to sin against God, because he will not be looking at the things of this world, but the eternal purpose of God for his life.

Staying focused requires one to continually study God’s word and hide it in his heart. It requires that he does what God’s word says, not just hear it. It requires one to stay in continual prayer with God, in both speaking and listening to God.

As you go through your days, the world will fight to gain your attention and focus. Problems will arise on a regular basis. Rather than allow fear and troubles suppress you, keep your focus upon Jesus. Recognize what Jesus went through for you and know that He will help you do the same.

When you are completely focused upon Jesus, the momentary and light troubles of this world will fade away. The temptation to sin against God will be overcome. Joy will arise in your heart as you know and do God’s will for your life.

Each day ask yourself what are you focused on? This world? Or Jesus? Life? Or death?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be focused upon Jesus; that you will know God’s will for your life; that God will strengthen you to endure the troubles of life; and that you will know the joy of God’s salvation.

Hebrews 3:1 What Are You Thinking About?

Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. Hebrews 3:1

Every person has thoughts all the time about many different things. These thoughts can be about what is currently happening in their lives, in the lives of others, about things that could happen, things that did happen and much more.

Unless a person is dead, his mind is always thinking about something. The things thought about can be uplifting or it can bring a person down.

The author of Hebrews tells all believers to fix their thoughts upon Jesus, who is seen as their apostle and high priest. This is done because of who Jesus is and what He has done.

The majority of the world is thinking about how to make things better for themselves. Their thoughts are on the temporary things of this world and how to please themselves.

Believers are to have a mind that is transformed and changed to one of Christ. His mind was one that had an eternal perspective of life and events. Jesus always focused upon eternal things, rather than the temporary things of this earth.

Everything that is temporary of this earth will fade away and no longer be of any concern to a believer. Rather than worrying about the temporary troubles of this world, one must focus on the eternal souls of people that are dying, the same focus Jesus had.

As the mind of a believer is focused on Jesus and what He desires, the temporary troubles of this world will fade away. The way a believer changes his thoughts is by staying in prayer and in God’s word on a regular basis. He will allow the Holy Spirit to guide and focus all of his thoughts on Jesus, rather than sin and self.

Every day you will have many thoughts that run through your head. You have to choose which thoughts you will entertain.

The world is trying to gain your mind to control you to sin. God is there to help you focus on what really matters for you and for others. Rather than let the world and sin have control of your thoughts, give those thoughts over to God.

Focus on what God is doing and wants you to do. Think on what God has told you in His word and know the life and peace He has for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to guide your thoughts; that you will think about God’s word to you; that you will think as Jesus thinks; and that all of your thoughts will honor God.