Discipleship Series #3
A disciple remains focused
Some folks who do their duty as they see it – need to consult an eye specialist. – Our focus must be on how God sees things.
By Pastor George Lehman
Story of the cowboy and the Indian:
The cowboy comes across an Indian lying with his ears on a track. The cowboy steps closer and hears the Indian say, “Wagon, 2 miles off, drawn by 2 horses (black and grey, 4 people on board, man in leather pants with wife and 2 kids.
Impressed with the Indian, the cowboys says, “you can hear all that by listening to the earth?” “No”, said the Indian, “they ran over me 20 minutes ago”.
We could tell a lot by listening with our knees to the ground and our ears to heaven.
You go in life where you focus.
Galatians 5:7 (Msg) – You were running superbly.
Note: were, they lost focus – they were still moving but in the wrong direction.
Not failure, but low aim, is a crime. Lowell
We all fail at some time or another but if our daily AIM (Focus) is not on Christ that is a crime
Colossians 3:1-2 (Amp) – If then you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. And set your minds and keep them set on what is above [the higher things], not on the things that are on the earth.
We talk the things of God
We live the things of God
We see the things of God
We share the things of God
Let me ask you:
Where is your focus?
What are you aiming at?
What do you want to achieve?
The answers to these questions will determine how serious you are about where you are going and growing in your relationship with Jesus
Where you focus your attention, you create strength and momentum.
Proverbs 4:25-27 (Amp) – Let your eyes look right on [with fixed purpose], and let your gaze be straight before you. *Consider well the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established and *ordered aright. Turn not aside to the right hand or to the left; remove your foot from evil.
*You go where you focus
*Set your minds and keep them set
The first law of success… is concentration to bend all the energies to one point[seeking first His Kingdom], and to go directly to that point, looking neither to the right nor to the left. William Mathews
Jesus said Matthew 6:33 “seek first…focus first”
Ephesians 1:18 (Msg) – Your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is He is calling you to do; grasp the immensity[ontsaglike] of this glorious way of life He has for Christians.
What truly astonishes me is the aimlessness of so many believing, professing Christians.
There is really no determination, passion and willingness to press into focus on growth or to change.
The 1st rule of focus is this: “Wherever you are, be there.”
Be in touch, be in tune, be relevant, be in focus. Don’t be a present absentee.
Focus suggests a point at which an image becomes clear. Jesus’ life is the focus point!
Like those magazines that had that centre page with lots of lines squiggles and colours but if you looked at it long enough an image would appear.
It’s a matter of clear focus.
Mark 8:27 (NIV) – Jesus asks, “Who do people say I AM?” They said, John the Baptist, Elijah, one of the prophets.
Then Jesus asked a ‘focus question’.
Mark 8:29 (NIV) – “But what about YOU?” He asked. “Who do YOU say I AM?”
The answer to this question makes you either a true disciple or just a modern day Christian. Christian by name only.
Your focus on Jesus will determine not only your values and lifestyle but your eternal destiny as well.
A focused disciple knows this and therefore lives, acts and speaks differently.
Here what a Genuine Focused disciple is like:
God made you different, not indifferent.
God made you extra-ordinary, not ordinary.
God mad you significant, not insignificant.
God made you competent, not incompetent.
God made you effective, not defective.
God made you efficient, not inefficient.
God made you superior, not inferior.
God made you responsible, not irresponsible.
God made you an original, not a copy.
The power of a focused life will prevent you from becoming double-minded. Focus helps us make the right choices.
Being bitter vs being
Give up vs get up. – He who falls down 7 gets up 8
Coping with evil vs overcoming
Peace vs strife. (Blessed are the peacemakers)
Determination vs discouragement.
Priorities vs aimlessness.
More of God vs more of everything else.
If you focus on results, you will never change.
If you focus on change, you will get results.
Disciples with focus succeed because they know where they are going –
It’s as simple as that.
2 Timothy 2:4 (Amp) – No soldier, when in service, gets entangled in the enterprises of civilian life; his aim is to satisfy and please the one who enlisted him.
A disciple remains focused. Dare to be a disciple – there’s more for those who are willing to dare to be a focused disciple.