Learning the Skill of Staying Focused
Jeremiah 29:13, “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.”
Philippians 3:10 to 14, “I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of His resurrection and participation in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Focus on Mission – the Command
Luke 9:57 – 62 – NIV
Luke 9:62 “Jesus said, “No procrastination. No backward looks. You can’t put God’s kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day.” (The Message)
God wants us to know who we are and who we are trying to please.
We will either be led by pressure or by purpose.
Thought: “If Satan can’t get you to be bad, he will get you to be busy.”
Diligence and focus are not a personality type. Focus is a skill. And since it is a skill, it means that we can learn it.
To grow this skill of living a focused life, like any other skill, means we must practice, (and practice the right things).
Learning to Focus:
1. Focus on one thing at a time:
Establish one goal based on your values.
Philippians 3:10 – 14 (The Message) “I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience His resurrection power, be a partner in His suffering, and go all the way with Him to death itself. If there was any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it.
I am not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I am off and running, and I’m not turning back.
Make this goal specific, clear. What do I what to accomplish? How might this look?
Quote: "Multitasking is overrated!"
2. Acknowledge and try to manage distractions:
Jesus knew His purpose and stayed focused.
He never performed miracles for self-elevation, but only to glorify His Father.
He never allowed the crowds to turn Him into the leader of a welfare state by miraculously passing out free food every day.
Satan could not tempt Him from perfect obedience to His Father's plan.
He did not permit followers to turn Him into a mere revolutionary, overthrowing Rome's corrupt rule, and thereby failing to build the kingdom of God.
Prayer was an exceedingly high priority.
Luke 2:43 – 50: At a young age Jesus knew His purpose and was focused
Ephesians 2:10: What is our purpose?
Doing what God wants me to do:
1. Be grateful: 1 Thessalonians 5:16 – 18
2. Help others: Matthew 20:25 – 29
3. Do the right thing: Micah 6:8
4. Be yourself: Ephesians 2:10
Giving equal importance to things that last ten minutes and ten years and ten thousand years is a poor choice.
3. Slow Down – BREATHE.
Be reminded of God’s goodness – Lamentations 3:22 – 25
These are skills. Skills development means practicing!
God, help us each day, to ask You to give us purpose.
God, help us each day, to practice, to develop the skill of focusing on what is really important.
God, help us.