The Focus of the Faithful

God said, “Look unto Me, and be saved.”  And we know there is no other place or Name to find salvation but in the Lord.

 

David wrote that when he kept his eyes on the Lord, the Lord kept his feet out of the net, or the trap.

A devotional author prayed this prayer: “Help me to walk with my gaze firmly fixed on You.”

 

What are we looking at – you and me? Where are the faithful to focus their eyes? Let’s look at some examples in Scripture.

 

  • Where was Martha’s focus? On things, right? On the situation at hand. And where did Mary focus? On the one thing needful. Are we focusing on things and situations, or on the one thing needful?

 

  • The rich young ruler – where was his focus? He had questions about eternal life, but we know that his focus was fixed on his riches.

 

  • Jesus told us to remember Lot’s wife. She was strongly instructed to not look back toward Sodom, but we know she did. Why? Her heart-focus was still there.

 

  • Paul wrote to Timothy, “Demas has left me.” The reason? He loved this present world. Even while traveling with Paul, Demas’ focus shifted, and he became unfaithful.

 

  • What was the studied focus of the wise men? The star that led them to the Christ Child. What was Herod’s focus? Himself.

 

  • When Peter climbed out of the boat, his eyes were focused on Jesus. But his gaze fell to the waves at his feet and he began to sink. He returned his gaze to the Lord when he cried out for help, and was lifted out of the swells.

 

  • The Samaritan woman looked with scorn at a thirsty Man, shifted her focus, and saw Messiah.

 

  • Isaiah had his eyes on Judah’s problems after King Uzziah’s death. But when he lifted his eyes, he saw God, high and lifted up, with His heavenly host filling the temple.

 

  • Ananias and Sapphira had their eyes on the glory they would receive for giving to the church. And on the nest egg they saved out for themselves. Their hearts were divided. Out of focus.

 

  • Where was Simeon focused? He was looking for the Lord’s Salvation. And he held Him in his arms.

 

  • Joseph kept his eyes on God when he was daily faced with temptation from Potiphar’s wife: “How can I sin against God?”

 

  • The thief shifted his pain-glazed gaze, seeing the Man on the middle cross with clarity, and gained eternal life that day.

 

  • David shifted his focus and forgot his pledge: “I will walk within my house with a perfect heart; I will set no wicked thing before my eyes.”

 

  • The writer of the book of Hebrews tells us, “Look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.

 

  • We’re told that Moses endured, as seeing Him Who is invisible. Talk about focus!

 

We’re to keep our eye “single” or focused on God rather than being double-minded, trying to focus on two masters. Jesus tells us that when we fast, we’re to focus on God instead of showing off self. When we give to good causes, we’re to focus on the Lord instead of lifting up self. When we pray, we’re to keep our eyes on Him rather than promoting self. Indeed, we’re told to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. This is the focus of the faithful.

 

“Unto Thee will I lift up mine eyes, O Thou that dwellest in the heavens.” And Paul instructed us to keep our eyes on the prize of our calling in Christ.

 

The focus of the faithful is on Jesus. Not on the cares of this world, or riches, or what others think or say or do. On Jesus. “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”

 

Jesus told us: “Look up! Lift up your heads! Your redemption draws nigh!” Dear and Faithful Ones, keep your focus on Him. For “Unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time unto salvation!” Stay focused.

 

Jamie Lucero

1Timothy 1:17

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