There are a lot of distractions in our lives and it seems they multiply daily. All of those distractions can and do take our focus off of our Lord. Most of us are concerned about prices going up while our paychecks seem to be going down. In fact, hundreds of people have lost their jobs and are looking to replace them. Some have other problems that take their attention away from the Lord Jesus.
When the “rulers, elders, and experts in the law came together in Jerusalem, Annas the high priest was there, and Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and others who were members of the high priest’s family” (Acts 4:5, 6), and wanted to know by what authority do you make this proclamation about Jesus, Peter said, This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, that has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:11, 12). Andy Warren said:
If there is any hope, it is found in Jesus
If there is any truth, it is found in Jesus
If there is any life, it is found in Jesus
What we need to realize is that when we die there is life after our death and we need to be prepared for it. If we focus on Christ, now, we have assurance of the future life, therefore, we don’t need just to go to church, we need to go to Jesus. We don’t need to just partake of the Lord’s Supper, we need to commune with Jesus. We don’t need just to sing songs; we need to praise God for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is evident from what we just said we can attend the worship of God and miss the blessings that we should receive if we fail to focus on Jesus.
When we focus on Jesus, it means that we will be serving other people. The apostle Paul wrote to the church at Galatia: “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13). Jesus came to the earth to serve, “even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28), we are to be like Him and serve other people. There are several passages that relate to the lesson given to His disciples about who is the greatest (Matthew 18; Luke 22). Jesus made it clear that those who are great are the ones who serve other people. It was the focus of Jesus to serve other people.
Self-serving people will go just so far in this world. Selfishness is an eradicator of kindness and a positive attitude. When we find people who are serving other people, we will find people who are kind and content. If we focus on Jesus, we will have the attitude that Jesus had while on earth. Yes, we need to focus on Jesus so we can be like Him and to have the salvation that He provides.
By Bobby Wood
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