Saturday, January 19, 2013

maintaining focus

Ever notice that just about everyone seems to have an agenda for our lives; our spouses, our children, our bosses, co-workers, friends, and children. Sometimes we even come up with our own agendas that keep us distracted from whatever it is that we are supposed to be doing. Many times especially in the church people run around busying themselves with everything that comes across their path and they never become fully effective in their call and never fulfill their destinies that Abba has for them, usually because somewhere along the way they were told or shown by example that true christians run around and do stuff. I also believe that the enemy has an agenda for us, and those that run around doing everything and accomplishing nothing he doesn't even bother with he knows that they will never take the time to sit at Jesus'feet and figure out Abba's agenda for them.  Even Jesus had to work to maintain His focus in the midst of training followers, meeting needs, public speaking, demanding crowds, and healing the sick. How did Jesus maintain His focus, His vision and stay on track with His mission? He regularly made time to get away with His Father to talk things over. He would get away for a short time to detach from what was going on around Him and sit at Abba's feet to get refreshed and strengthened.
We also need to take this time away to reconnect, refresh and refocus our vision. I have learned the hard way that it's too easy to get busy doing good stuff and that in doing so you easily get on the path of getting burned out. We need to take time to take the "stuff" we are doing (especially the good stuff) and lay it on the altar and let go of it and ask Abba to show you the ones that you are supposed to be doing. But you need to be willing to lay aside what He wants and pick up what He wants even if it doesn't fit your agenda. Jesus did what He saw the Father doing, and said what He heard the Father saying and He loved folks regardless of wear they were from. We need to do what He did.
Luke 4:42-44 "And when daybreak came, He left [Peter’s house] and went into an isolated [desert] place. And the people looked for Him until they came up to Him and tried to prevent Him from leaving them. But He said to them, I must preach the good news (the Gospel) of the kingdom of God to the other cities [and towns] also, for I was sent for this [purpose]. And He continued to preach in the synagogues of Galilee."

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