Are You Focused Enough to Know What You Are Doing?
“Why were you searching for me? Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49).
Good morning and welcome my dear friends in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is good to start another segment and continue learning and understanding what we need in life to continue. I know that sometimes it is hard for you to have a long reading, but if I make it a little longer it is for you to have something through the week to relax or take a break to. Just something to meditate in to encourage your day. Think about it. If your mind is being occupied with your work or being a baby sitter for your grand-kids, maybe looking at the T.V. that gives you all different kinds of news, or something else, then you are in trouble. Or maybe you are getting a headache from being yelled at by your boss for not being constructive. Stop! Take a deep breath. Now let it out. Let’s talk for a little bit! I want to give you something that is very positive for you to read and be encouraged with.
You see, my friends, life is too short for you to be wrong.
Jesus Christ is the most focused and single-minded person who ever lived on this earth. His entire life on earth was dedicated to one theme: the “Kingdom of Heaven”. We read in the Bible, even by the age of 12, Jesus already knew His sole purpose and priority. His earthly parents were relieved at finding Him in the temple in Jerusalem after searching diligently for Him for three whole days.
Read what He said, in our focus Scripture for this week: “Why were you searching for me? Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49). Let me phrase it in another way: “Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business? (Luke 2:49 NKJV). We see here that Jesus already had a singular focus on His Father’s priority, and He never lost sight of it. So it was, in part, this singularity of purpose and clarity of priorities that caused Jesus to stand out so clearly among the people of His day. Unlike Jesus, there are a lot of people in general that have a problem putting first things first.
Now let’s back up a little bit and get some more clarity. You see, when man lost his dominion in the Garden of Eden, he also lost the sense of proper priority and purpose. In fact, all humanity wrestles with two parallel problems related to priority. Both of these problems carry significant consequences. Stay with me, do not stop here!
Moreover, the absence of priority causes one to drift through life with no focus or sense of purpose or direction. All of one’s energy and potential are dissipated by trying to shoot off in too many directions and trying to do too many things. In many cases, people with no priority become lethargic and apathetic. A dull sameness characterizes their day-to-day living.
You know, misplaced priorities result in wasting one’s life pursuing the wrong thing and carrying out the wrong assignment. People with misplaced priorities may be the ones who are very focused individuals - but they are focused on the wrong thing.
A life absent of priority accomplishes nothing in the end, while a life of misplaced priority may succeed in many things, but not in that which is the most important. For either ways, the end result is a failed life. I hope you can understand what I am saying here today. Think about this and ask yourself this question: Do you want to come to the end of your days only to look back and have to say, regretfully, “Wow, I have failed.”? I know I do not!
Please be encouraged today and tell yourself that it is time for you to take charge of your spiritual life. Why? For one, the devil’s tactic is to make people believe they have no choice in the direction of their lives. If you have no voice in your own affairs, it is like playing a baseball game without knowing where the bases are located!
Therefore, you must never allow your human weakness to disqualify you from what God has planned for your life. Your failures do not prove that you are wicked; they simply prove that you are human. Even though you are filled with God, it is very important to remember that you are a human being who is filled with God!
Let’s continue with the topic of vision from where we ended last week. Our God would not have allowed you to start your life or your purpose unless they were already finished. You were born to manifest something that is already finished. One thing that you must realize, however, is that your end does not look anything like your beginning.
It is unwise to compare something to any other point in the process. This is why you must live by faith, looking forward with expectation for what God has already completed. If you don’t, you will believe only what you see with your physical eye rather than the vision you see in your heart.
At this point, I want to clarify the difference between your purpose and your vision. Your purpose is the intent for which God created you - the reason why you were born and exist. Your purpose is what God has already decided in His own mind that you’re supposed to begin to fulfill. Therefore, two things must be understood:
· It is your purpose when you know and understand what you were born to accomplish, but
· Your vision is when you can see it in your mind by faith and begin to imagine it.
My friends, please hear me - if and when you are able to see your purpose, that is when your vision will come to life. Let us continue some more to talk about this. I have come to really like this definition of vision.
A person’s vision is his or her foresight with insight based on hindsight! That is, we have insight into God’s purposes for us based on what we know God has already accomplished in eternity. Our vision is the glimpse of our future that God has purposed. We do not know the details of how our purposes will unfold, but we see the end result because it is God who reveals them to us in the vision He gives us. This is why we can be confident that they will come to pass.
Let me give you a little example. Now suppose you do not have the money you need to fulfill your vision. However, you know that God is saying to you, in effect, “Listen, My child. I have already been where you are going. You will have everything you need.”
What He did tell us is that our visions will be completed. This is what gives us courage and keeps us from being depressed when things don’t look as if they will work out. You see, when God created you with a purpose, He also designed you perfectly to be able to fulfill it. That means He wired you in a specific way so that you would have all the essential components necessary for fulfilling the vision He gave you.
So you never have to worry if you are able to fulfill your life’s vision. The fact that you were created to complete it means that you have everything you need to accomplish it. It is God who always gives us the ability to do whatever He calls us to do. In closing, be encouraged and continue in what He has blessed you to do.
Know that the vision He gave you is about Him and Him alone. He is the manufacturer of your whole life. You have to find out what you were born to do, and when you do, you will never imitate anybody else. You will follow your life’s purpose.
You need to know that purpose is the source of your vision. Your purpose existed before you did, and what you were born to do was accomplished by God before you even arrived on the scene. He ordained your birth in order to carry it out.
You see, God did not create you and then say, “Just wait, Felix, and let Me see what I can do with this you.” No. He knows what He wants first, and then He assigns someone or something to accomplish it for Him. Vision is not our private view of the future, but the view of our future inspired by God. Well, let’s stop here and we will talk more in a week from now and see what we can use for our journey this year.
Have a great and awesome week. Let God be your deciding factor in what you do, and always be blessed because you are blessed! Know that He is with you all the way.
My prayer for you: Lord God of Heaven and Earth, we come to the throne of grace, and speak in the language of faith today. We receive Your love for us all to accomplish what we were born to do. We know we were born to do something in life that leave nutrients for the seed of the next generation to take root and grow. I pray today for Your help. Like a calendar year, our lives have four seasons, and those seasons must come to pass. Yes, we need to be taught right in our visions and understand what we need to do. We must never be lazy but remind ourselves of what is right, what is wrong, and what is important in life. We must capture what we were born to do. Remind us that we do not need to continue dependent on other people to give us our vision for life or to help us survive. What we must know is we need to primarily depend on You. Then, we can rely on the help of other people to provide the resources that will enable us to live out our dream. As we go our own way, most of the time we are trying to construct our lives without any real thought or planning. Then we mimic and act like a contractor who is trying to construct a building without a blueprint. Help us to learn that the key to having a rewarding and productive life is developing a specific plan to fulfill what You have promised us to do. We must have a daily, dynamic prayer life with You. I pray for Your people, that You will help them with anything that they need to accomplish what they are going through this week, and throughout the rest of their lives. Give them strength to carry on. Give them favor in what they are doing. If someone is sick, heal them of whatever they are facing right now. Bless Your people, oh God. We love You, Lord! In Jesus’ wonderful name, amen and amen.
Thought: Your purpose is the source of your vision!
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