MAYBE YOU COULD CONSIDER JUST A LITTLE TRIM, SAMSON
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“WHERE IS OUR FOCUS?”
Good questions to ask ourselves from time to time are: “Where is my life focused? What am I focused on in life? “Is my life out of focus?” When we are not focused first and foremost on Jesus Christ and his righteousness chances are that we are out of focus. That is when our focus is really out of focus. We can think we are on target because what we are focused on is something we desire. It may not necessarily be something that the Lord would want us to be centering our life around.
In Hebrew 2:1, we are told to “Pay careful attention.” Many in his reading audience had lost their focus on Jesus Christ and turned to other religious issues that were messing with their minds. There were people that were trying to draw them away from Christ and back into Judaism. The writer of Hebrews was trying to get them to re-focus on Jesus Christ and who he is.
This little phrase, “pay attention”, carries a lot of punch. The word translated ‘attention’ means ‘to hold on to’, ‘be fond of’. It can, also, be translated ‘be on guard’, ‘watch’, ‘be careful’. Another way of using it is ‘be addicted to’. It was used to refer to someone who was addicted to wine. Addiction is having a compulsive physiological need for a habit-forming substance. Here we could say, “be spiritually addicted to Jesus Christ and his righteousness”.
The writer of Hebrews is telling us that the best way to keep ourselves spiritually alert is to be addicted to the teachings of and about Jesus Christ. We are to keep our spiritual roots deep and not in shallow, unfertilized ground. Therefore, we are encouraged to have a compulsive spiritual desire for all we can learn about Jesus Christ and keep it alive and well in our soul. We are to be hooked on Jesus.
If we are not, we open ourselves to every wind of doctrine that comes flying by and that knocks on our door. We fall prey to the lie that it doesn’t make any difference what you believe just so you believe something. If we don’t have a compulsive desire to know all we can about Jesus, we can easily fall by the wayside. We will begin forgetting about all that he has done for us. Temptation will overtake us.
The bottom line for us to remember is to stay focused and hooked on Jesus. Amen.
God bless! Fred
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