Apr 6, 2005

The Struggle To Focus

With all that is going on in this world, and all the access I have to information about so many things, I find it difficult to focus on what it most important. God made it clear in His Word:
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God and keep His commandments,
For this is man's all.
For God will bring every work into judgment,
Including every secret thing,
Whether good or evil. (Ecclesiastes 12.13-14 NKJV)

Jesus said to him, ""You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets." (Matthew 22.37-40 NKJV)

But I struggle with wanting to be a Conservative first, and then a Christian, or an American (USA) first and then a Christian. The truth is I am all three and more. The other part of the truth is that it is tough to keep things in proper perspective.

I feel like rebelling against the system and it's abuses. When judges order a woman starved to death, or the courts of "law" declare terrorists have equal rights under the Constitution to me, or gay marriage is passed into law, or whatever- I may feel like fighting, but I need to keep Christ first in my life. I need to seek out His direction. I need to remember Proverbs 3.5,6: "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." (KJV)

When I feel like "going overboard," I need to look to Jesus. I need to "survey the wondrous cross." If I am bought with the price of Christ's blood- "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's" (I Corinthians 6.20 KJV)- I need to be dedicated to serving Him with all that I am. My hope and prayer is that I grow to focus on Him more and the world less. May the world fade away from my sight and Jesus become all I see.

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