It’s easier to get focused than it is to stay focused. It’s easier to start something than it is to finish something. It’s even easier to decide to do right than it is to stay persistent in doing right.
We’re too easily distracted.
If we are to stay focused on the most important things in life, we have to constantly remind ourselves of what’s most important to us. We have to continually reflect to ensure we are keeping everything in its proper place. We have to constantly assess our heart to ensure that the right thing is #1.
As Christians, the most important thing to us should be God. Jesus Christ.
“Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.” – Matthew 22:36-38
If we are to keep Him first, we will have to be intentional. We have to put forth effort. If not, we will be distracted- often without even realizing it. I am sure that many people who stray from God did it gradually. A little less focused on Him, a little less passionate, then before you know it…. A complete disconnect.
We have to understand that many of the distractions that come our way are spiritual and can be tactics sent by Satan himself to distract us. Satan will offer us things in order to prevent us from keeping our eyes on God. He even tried it with Christ:
“Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” – Matthew 4:8-9
As always, as He is our perfect example, Jesus provides us the perfect response:
“Then saith Jesus unto him, ‘Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” – Matthew 4:10
Though we may not see Satan face to face, we must know that we are constantly tempted. We must know that many things that come our way can be sent to distract us from following Christ. Distract us from God’s best for us. Distract us from our purpose, our destiny. We must not be entangled again in those things that once held us hostage.
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” – Galatians 5:1
We have to continually remind ourselves that things are not always as they appear.
It’s all spiritual.
How can we stay focused?
- Write out our priorities and refer to them often. Daily.
- Speak daily declarations.
- Commit to monthly goals & focus areas.
- Share your goals with someone that can help you stay focused.
- Memorize and keep key scriptures with you.
Above all, we must fight to keep Christ #1 in our lives. If we do, everything will be blessed because of it. If we don’t, everything will suffer.
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:2
No matter what comes our way, let’s stay focused on Jesus.
He is so worth it.