Focus

focusI recently enjoyed a little vacation filled with little day trips to a few museums and like any vacation I took a few pictures.  Well as you can see in this pic, I’m not the greatest photographer.  In this pic from the Mack Museum in Allentown Pa., I not only got my finger in the way but the bulldog hood ornament isn’t in focus either.  As my vacation pics remind me, it’s very important to make sure that you are well focused on the right thing before you click the photo.

Well I was thinking about how true that is in our regular every day life as well.  It’s important that we focus on the right things.  Sometimes, we forget what is important and we focus on all the wrong things.

One day Jesus went to visit the home of two sisters, Martha and Mary.  The sisters welcomed Jesus and right away Martha turned it into high gear and began to work hard at preparing a dinner for everyone.  However, Mary decided to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen, to catch every word, of His teachings.  So while Martha worked hard in the kitchen, Mary sat and listened.

Martha got upset, it was their house but Mary wasn’t helping one little bit.  So Martha went to Jesus and complained.  Luke 10:41 & 42 tells us,

“Jesus answered, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about too many things.  Only a few things are important, perhaps just one.  Mary has chosen that one thing and I will not take it away from her,'”

You see Martha made the mistake of focusing on herself rather than on Jesus.  She was worried about pleasing everyone, worried about her image as a host.  But Mary on the other hand, was totally focused upon Jesus and what He was teaching.  Jesus said that she had chosen the right thing.

As you go through your every day life, are you worried and troubled about allot of things that just are not very important, or are you focused on Jesus, the one thing that is really important?  Help yourself by doing the spiritual exercises that help to keep you focused like prayer and fasting, reading His Word, joining in corporate fellowship and praise and reaching out in ministry to those that don’t yet know Jesus.  So stay focused on what is really important, stay focused on Jesus.

 

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