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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