Where’s Your Focus

Dec 20, 2023 | The Chuck Wagon

“Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.”
Rev. 22:12; NASB

Jesus made the above statement to the apostle John in the 1st century A.D. Jesus knew he would not be returning for thousands of years, and yet he said he’s “coming quickly.” If we examine the Scriptures, we see there is an urgency by the apostles regarding the return of Jesus. They were all expecting that day to be soon. When we think about this, we know the holy scriptures are Holy Spirit inspired. This means that God, knowing that Jesus would not be coming for thousands of years, allowed the scriptures to be written with this urgency. With closer examination, we see God didn’t tell us this to deceive us, but to encourage us.

Being our creator, God knows us intimately. He knows that if we have nothing to focus on, we will focus mainly on ourselves, to the exclusion of everything else around us. The more we focus on ourselves, the more our misery seems to increase. This is in part because we continually focus on the things that bother us. Many do this even when things are going well. On any day, we can find countless things in our lives to cause us concern. That brings us into ever-increasing self-examination. The fruit of this is we find things to be concerned about. We then dwell on those things and come up with conclusions. Unfortunately, those conclusions are based on nothing more than emotions or personal feelings about those situations.

This is why we God gave us this urgency about Christ coming quickly. If we really believe the Christ could come at any moment, we will not waste so much time. What I mean by wasting time is concerning ourselves with things that don’t deserve the time that we give them. This can include things like “I don’t feel very good today”, or “I wonder what such-and-such person is doing today”, or “I will not forgive that person for what they did.” These are matters that, when dwelled on, will consume us. Our focus should be on how we can glorify God with each day. If we truly had the urgency that God was looking for us to have, we wouldn’t waste time worrying about things that mean little in the long term.

I have found that many who suffer from mental health issues, such as depression, convince themselves to continue suffering with those issues. This is a self-defeating and also self-perpetuating circumstance. The more we focus on our problems, the deeper into the holes of those issues we will sink. We spend too much time worrying about things we have no control over. If we truly believe that God is in control, then we should be able to let go of most things we worry about every day. Jesus told us, “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself…” (Matt. 6:34a).

Jesus is coming again in all His splendor and wonder. He is coming as the Lion of Judah to collect His bride. It is much better to focus on this than on problems we cannot control. He told us, again through the apostle John, “Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city” (Rev. 22:14). Let’s live for that blessing and focus on Him who is to come.

God bless and have a great week

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