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February 9, 2019

Staying Focused

“Let your eyes look directly ahead and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. Watch the path of your feet And all your ways will be established. Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil.” (Proverbs 4:25-27)

Staying focused on the spiritual life can be difficult. That is why they are called disciplines. This is particularly true when we make transitions (like the transition into spring training). However, it is precisely during these times of transition when we need to maintain focus on our relationship with God.

The Bible is clear that as Christians our focus should be on God, whether we are on the baseball field or at home with friends and family. This does not imply that our focus should always be somewhere else, rather that our perspective in all things should be on glorifying God. In this way we illustrate our dependence on him.

In Psalm 141, the psalmist uses a situation in which wicked men are tormenting him. In spite of this, he declares: “But my eyes are fixed on you, O Sovereign LORD; in you I take refuge” (Psalm 141:8).

Likewise, the book of Hebrews reminds us to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). The word translated “fix” in this verse means to keep our attention or focus upon something!

The author of Hebrews frequently tells us that Jesus is to be our example. We are to keep our focus on his faithfulness to God: “Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess” (Hebrews 3:1).

It is important to remember that having our focus in the right place, on God, enables us to have the proper perspective in every area of life. It is easy to lose focus and find ourselves concerned with things we can’t control. But when we keep our focus on the proper things, God promises we will win the prize! “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize” (1 Corinthians 9:24).

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