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Reflection: What’s our “focus”?

19 July 2009 One Comment

A lot of things have happened during just one week, since the last Reflection that I wrote, when last Sunday I was watering the flowers in our garden and I was thinking about the care and attention that God gives to each one of us, His children, and the “eternal value” that each one of us has, as an individual, in God’s project for His eternal kingdom!

This continues to be an amazing thought for me, the idea that we truly are eternal beings, destined to spend eternity in our Father’s House, where there are “many mansions” ready for us (John 14:2), and yet, we often worry so much about “things on the earth”, instead of “setting our affection on things above”! (Colossians 3:2)!

When looking up the meaning of “affection”, I found synonymous words like: “Love, Care, Liking, Fondness, etc.”, and I thought … Wow! This is what the Lord is trying to tell us, His children, that we are to set our affection (our Love, Care, Liking, Fondness, etc.) on the “things above”, which means on the “things that are eternal”! (2 Corinthians 4:18)

I know that most of us Christians have heard it before, but the question is: do we really put our “affection” on the “things that are eternal”, or are we clinging so desperately at the “things that are temporal”, things that we know will soon “pass away”? (1 John 2:17)

Are we so intense about our “temporal” things (our present financial situation, our monthly budget, our house, or whatever else it is that we are worried about), or are we setting our affection (our love and care) on the things that “abide forever”, trusting God to take care of us, like He does for “the lilies of the field” and “the fowls of the air” (Matthew 6:26,28)!
(See our last Sunday’s Reflection: “Eternal value”)

Jesus said: “After all these (temporal) things do the (unbelievers) seek, but your Heavenly Father knows that you have need of these things. Seek first the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:32,33) Again, the call here is for us to “seek first” for the things above, that belong to the eternal “kingdom of God”, and trust Him to take care of our temporal and present situation, whatever it is that we are worried about. The Father know that we have these needs, He loves us, and He will take care of us!

I believe that what we “seek first” is the key to the doors that we open in our present lives, as it represents our “focus”, the priority that we give the most thought to, and that our spirit simply follows where our mind is going! If we set our affection (or our focus) on the things below, the temporal things, our spirit is sort of trapped in this temporal dimension of things, with worries, fears, etc. But if we set our affection on the things above, then we will be set free from this time trap and will be able to “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7), towards the eternal destiny that God has in mind for each one of us, His eternal children!

There was a man in the Bible, who could have “gained the whole world” (Mark 8:36) of his days, if only he had chosen to, but he chose “rather to share ill treatment with the people of God, … accounting the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt”!
And why did he do that? The Bible says that “he looked unto the recompense of reward… he stood firm, as seeing him who is invisible.” (Hebrews 11:25-27) He had his focus on the things that really matter, the eternal things, and I bet that he’s having a great time today, as he looks down on earth from that mansion that the Father had prepared for him (ever used Google’s maps?), trying to find the palace that he forsook in Egypt during his “temporal” life, and not being able to locate it, for it has been buried under the sands of time!

Let’s make sure that our affection and focus is not buried under the sands of time, but that we “lift up our eyes unto the hills” (Psalm 121:1), towards the eternal destiny that awaits us, “looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God”! (Hebrews 12:2)

Let’s make Him our “first love” (Revelation 2:4) See “WFJ: Your first love!”

One Comment »

  • Randy Peck said:

    Hi Renato, Thank you for taking the time to translate your weekly Sunday reflection into English. It just so happened that after the worship service at Soul Purpose Church yesterday, one of the members asked to talk to me about setting goals. When she asked me what scriptues came to mind, I mentioned Matthew 6:33, my daily life verse. This was before I read you message above today. The unity of the Holy Spirit is amazing. Blessings to focus on “things above” each and every day! Randy