Focus. When I look over my sermon notes from this past Sunday, focus is the word I wrote the biggest. It’s the one that jumps off the page of my little sermon notes section. Are you easily distracted? I sure am. I doodle to stay focused. Sounds silly, I know, but it works for me. As I write this Tim & Faith are belting out the song Keep Your Eyes on Me. As it plays in the background, I’m reminded once again, that our focus, our conscious effort to place our attention on Jesus is the answer to everything. Yes, everything. Say it with me, I can face anything and everything with my eyes on Jesus.
Five Ways to Stay Focused on Jesus
At the top of our notes section on Sunday it read, The disciples prepared to receive the Holy Spirit by:
As I filled in the blanks with the following words:
Practicing simple obedience.
Continuing in fellowship.
Studying the Word.
Selecting godly leaders.
it becomes clear that these points are the only ways to stay focused on Jesus. Yes, I believe we’re filled with the Holy Spirit immediately upon surrendering our lives to Jesus and entering into a relationship with Him. These are the ways that we stay refreshed. Focused. Anticipating. Growing in our relationship with Him. Fine tuned into constantly being in sync with the Holy Spirit living in us.
Two more thoughts I wrote down in my notes bear repeating. First, “Do the little things WELL and the bigger things will come.” Start small. Those five points I just shared are easily done if your eyes are on Jesus. Ask for His help. Practice doesn’t mean you’re perfect right out of the gate. In fact, perfection will not come on this side of Heaven, but that doesn’t mean we don’t strive for it. It also doesn’t mean that we give up every time we fail either. Because fail we will. Get up, dust yourself off, get your focus back on Jesus and go again.
Second, “They didn’t give up until prayer was easy.” So yeah, don’t give up. Keep at it. How do we get better at anything without practicing it? The more we do it, the closer we get to it becoming a habit. These five things are where we should want our habits to be.
Consider what the following verses I found that speak to these five points. These can become habits in your relationship with Jesus and will bring your focus around and keep it where it should be.
Consider the Word
And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. – 2 John 1:6
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. – Acts 2:42
They all joined together constantly in prayer… – Acts 1:14
For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the Lord. – Ezra 7:10
But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men. – Exodus 18:21