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Monday, March 3, 2014

Keeping Spiritual Focus

By Hugh Fulford
 
      As Christians, we know what we need to think about most in life: 1) God—His greatness, goodness, power, love, mercy, grace, care and protection; 2) Christ—His life, teaching, death for our sins, burial, resurrection, ascension, intercession, and second coming; 3) the church—the privilege of membership in it, our involvement, service, spiritual growth, and worship experienced therein. These are the things that we want to think about and give priority to in our lives.
      But we live in a busy world. Life is fast, frenetic, and demanding. We all have to earn a living, make mortgage or rent payments, car payments, utility payments. We have to buy groceries, clothes, insurance, and take care of our physical health and that of our families. Our children (or grandchildren) are involved in a multiplicity of activities, each demanding a piece of our time and involvement. There are deadlines and expectation of all kinds to be met. In such a world how do we keep our spiritual focus?
      Consider the words of 1 John 3:1—3. Summarized, John tells us that before we get too caught up in thinking about the things of this life we need to reflect on God’s love that enabled us to become His children, to understand that the world does not know us (in the sense that it does not accept our standards), to remember that something better is waiting for us after this life, and to keep in mind that with Christ’s second coming we shall be like Him. These exhilarating truths will enable us to keep our spiritual focus!

- Hugh Fulford, Speaking from the Heart; via Steve Higginbotham preaches for the Karns Church of Christ in Knoxville, TN. He may be contacted through the congregation's website at http://www.karnschurch.org

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