Focal Point

Posted on February 18, 2014 | 12 comments

The Calling of Abraham, Alexander Ivanov

The Calling of Abraham, Alexander Ivanov

The expression is to see the forest for the trees. Applying it to our spiritual lives means that we focus on the results while being oblivious to the big picture, that being we are part of the story of which God is the author.

Take Abram and Sarai as a for instance. They were promised that their descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky and specifically that his very own son would be his heir (Genesis 15:3).

Yet, as time wore on, they become more focused on this promise rather than on the God who made the promise in the first place.

The result was that they attempted to make the promise come true under their own power, producing an heir through Sarai’s maidservant.

Abram and Sarai did what was right in their own eyes. They took their eyes off the Promisor, losing trust when the details of the fulfillment did not look as they had expected.

Fast forward to me and you and the Christ followers you know. We do the same thing, seeing the forest for the trees. When we enter into Christ, it is with the promise of being transformed – formed into the likeness of the Son.

We expect our lives to look different. We hope for different results.

We want change – for the better.

So, our focus becomes the transformation for which we hope. Rather than focusing on and trusting in the God who transforms, we attempt to do what is right in our own eyes and look the part of a Christ-follower. Ignoring our root and manufacturing fruit.

The truth is that God takes responsibility for our whole life in Christ. Jesus is the Author and Perfecter of our faith. (see Author and Perfecter)

We are clothed in righteousness, yet we are a work in progress.

Redeemed and in the process of sanctification.

Jesus command to us is simply to remain in him. Stay connected to the vine so that we can bear the fruit that is consistent with righteousness.

Be open to his presence and truth in all parts of our lives and He will bring about the transformation that He desires.

How do you create openness – intentional focus on Jesus – in your life?

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  1. This was a great post! So true. So freeing. So simple. So HARD to do!

  2. I see this happening so much! Especially with service. We focus on the service and how good it makes us to feel to help people. And we forget that it’s God who is really helping the people out. We are just a vessel. Then it suddenly becomes all about us. My prayer is to keep my eyes on Him, always on Him.

  3. Be Still is the hardest directive from Christ for me to obey. I love my God but I am always willing to help Him make things happen sooner in my timing instead of waiting on His timing. I know that when we wait upon Him things always fall in to place the way they should. Thank you for sharing this beautiful insight.

  4. This is so true. I so often loose my focus. Thanks for the insight. 🙂

  5. So true but so hard at the same time! Thank you for sharing on Whatever Wednesday on Thank You Honey! Hope to see you again next week!

  6. In our lives there are always questions and frustrations. This post represents a peaceful and truthful way of handling life’s challenges. Thank you for sharing it on our Four Seasons Blog Hop. Pinning Now.

  7. Simply remain in Him. Yes and Amen! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  8. Such a great post. My prayer is that I would keep my eyes fixed on Him. I must learn the art of abiding. Thanks for linking up with The Weekend Brew!

  9. Staying connected to God in a deeper way is one of my current goals for the year. Thanks so much for these words of encouragement.
    Thanks so much for sharing at Essential Fridays.
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions

  10. I love the way you pointed out that Abraham and Sarah focused on the promise more than God who made the promise. I think so often that’s our shortfall.

  11. Your posts always make so much sense. I really enjoy reading them and find myself nodding my head and ‘getting it’. Thanks 🙂

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