February 28, 2020

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12:1-2a

1. FOCUS ON TODAY. When Jesus went to visit the house of two sisters Mary and Martha, Mary focused on Jesus, but Martha was bothered and distracted by the preparations for Jesus. We’ve all been guilty of this. But when we remember that we have only so many days on earth we can concentrate n on making the most of our time here. The highest and best thing we can do today – above all priorities – is focus on Jesus. Start your day in the Word and write down some goals that God gives you. He will keep you in perfect peace as you keep your mind fixed on Him (Isaiah 26:3).

A woman named Martha opened her home to Him [Jesus]. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made . . . “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed— or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42

2. FOCUS ON THE GOAL. I watched a show called “ Hardwood Classics” recently where it showed in slow motion a basketball player flying through the air and dunking the ball. As they slowed the footage, I noticed that with all his coordination and control of the ball while in the air the air, he had his eyes fixed on the hoop. It was almost eerie how he kept his head steady while his body was moving to put the ball through without touching the rim. That’s an amazing picture of how we are to focus on Jesus and His purpose for us.

3. FOCUS ON ETERNITY. We are to live as though we are alive from the dead, but it’s so easy to drift back to distraction. God has great big beautiful purposes for us. As we focus on the eternal things, it increases our potential to realize the plan God has for us here on earth. God wants us to finish strong and we don’t have to do it alone. God “who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).

Press on!
Pastor Jeff Perry

Pray this prayer:
God, today I pray that You will help me to focus on the things that are important to You. I repent for being distracted by things of lesser importance and I commit to focus on what You’re saying. Help me, God, to run my race with endurance. I love You, Jesus! Amen.

dis•tract, verb
To attract (the attention) away from its original focus; divert.

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