Power in Focus

Living in AZ we sure get our share of sunshine!

On average there are 299 sunny days per year according to one study. Now that’s a lot of sun! And even though we get hit with some extreme heat in the summer, I am not complaining one bit!

Having 299 sunny days certainly gives me and my boys plenty of opportunities to spend time outdoors playing baseball…kickball…basketball…collecting bugs, rocks you name it…and not to mention…trying fun experiments.

Recently my boys and I did one such experiment…burning a hole in a piece of paper using the powerful rays from the hot AZ sun and a magnifying glass. FYI…burning a hole in paper…not burning ants… though the latter appeared to be a much cooler idea to my boys!

Anyone else recall trying this experiment as a child too? Not the ants part…

What’s so cool is that it really works! My boys got real excited when they actually witnessed a burning hole in the paper. The sun rays literally burned (yes fire!) a hole in the paper! (Kids should do this with adult supervision of course.)

And so this simple experiment began to peak my interest as I recognized a great spiritual parallel.

When the rays of the sun passed through the magnifying glass, the lens caused the rays to focus on one spot on the paper. When these rays converged…concentrated…focused on one spot on the paper…there was enough power…energy…and strength to burn a hole.

There was…Power in Focus.

Now when my youngest son didn’t keep his hand as steady on the magnifying glass, the rays of sun no longer focused on one spot and it took much longer to achieve the end result of burning a hole in the paper. Why?

Because all the rays were not focused…some were deflected…distracted…and directed in another direction thus decreasing the power…energy…and strength needed to burn the hole.

Sure sounds a lot like our lives…when we are not focused on Jesus…doesn’t it?

When we are not focused on Jesus…we will be distracted by life’s busyness…deflected by life’s temptations…discouraged by life’s challenges…dejected by life’s worries…directed by life’s problems…and dependent upon our own power, energy, and strength…which never proves to be enough anyway!

Where is your focus today? Is it on Jesus? Our all-powerful Jesus?

There is…Power in Focus. There is…Power in Jesus Focus.

If we focus our eyes…our hearts…our minds on Christ…we most certainly will experience this power in our lives…no matter what tries to distract us…derail us…discourage us…and eventually devour us!

The word “focus” in this context is defined as “to direct, set, fix your attention; to converge, concentrate.”

I love how the scriptures reflect that our focus should be on Christ! Now they do not actually state the word “focus” but instead use such synonymous words as “fix” or “set” to depict this concept of focusing.

Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith… Hebrews 12:2 NASB

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1 NIV

Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, set your minds on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. Hebrews 3:1 BSB

Fixing…setting…focusing our eyes, hearts, and minds on Jesus! There is so much Power in Jesus Focus!

Why is this so important for us?

Whatever we focus on…we give power to.

Good or bad.

If we focus on everything around us and upon us, we give power to everything around us and upon us…we give power to our tough problems…our challenging circumstances…our negative feelings…our unhealthy thoughts…our crazy busyness…everything but Jesus.

If we focus on Jesus, we give Him the power to empower us through the Holy Spirit so that we will have the power to live this Christian life which isn’t always easy!

We will have the power to do what is right…power to say no to temptations…power to forgive…power to guard our hearts…power to control our minds…and power to be disciplined in our relationship with Him.

There is…Power in Jesus Focus.

And there are no limits when you focus on a limitless God!

Just as the rays of sun passing through the magnifying glass is powerful enough to burn a hole in the paper…so too is the Power in Jesus Focus powerful enough to produce miraculous results!

And we can no doubt see that this miraculous power in focus was experienced firsthand by individuals just like you and me in the Bible.

Daniel focused on God while in the lion’s den…not the lions. The miracle? He survived the mouths of these lions! (Daniel 6)

Peter focused on Jesus while stepping onto the water…not the water beneath him. The miracle? Peter (the only human I know) walked on water! (Matthew 14:22-33)

Paul and Silas focused on Jesus while praying and singing worship songs in prison…not the chains that bound them. The miracle? Their chains literally broke off and they were freed! (Acts 16:16-40)

There is great power…miraculous power in this concept of focus…Jesus focus.

What is getting in the way of your focus?

What is distracting you…deflecting you…discouraging…dejecting…directing your focus away from Jesus?

There is Power in Focus. When we focus our eyes, hearts and minds on Jesus, We will have greater power to live as Christians in a world that focuses upon and glorifies everything and everyone…but Jesus!

Reflection Points:

  1. Where is your focus today? Is it on Jesus?
  2. Why is it important for us to fix…set…focus our eyes, hearts, and minds on Jesus?
  3. What is getting in the way of your focus?
  4. What is distracting you…deflecting you…discouraging…dejecting…directing your focus away from Jesus?
  5. Do you see why there is Power in Focus? Especially Jesus Focus?

 

Action Points:

  1. When we are not focused on Jesus…we will be distracted by life’s busyness…deflected by life’s temptations…discouraged by life’s challenges…dejected by life’s worries…directed by life’s problems…and dependent upon our own power, energy, and strength…which never proves to be enough anyway! There is Power in Jesus Focus!
  2. It is important for us to focus on Jesus because whatever we focus on…we give power to. Good or Bad. If we focus on everything around us and upon us, we give power to everything around us and upon us…we give power to our tough problems…our challenging circumstances…our negative feelings…our unhealthy thoughts…our crazy busyness…everything but Jesus. If we focus on Jesus, we give Him the power to empower us through the Holy Spirit so that we will have the power to live this Christian life which isn’t always easy! We will have the power to do what is right…power to say no to temptations…power to forgive…power to guard our hearts…power to control our minds…and power to be disciplined in our relationship with Him.

 

 

 

 

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