Are you keeping your focus on what God wants?
Photo by Lorelei Nettles
Inspired by a sermonette given by Rheo Knudson
King Solomon was a man of great power and wisdom. God gave him this gift because Solomon was a great king and God asked what he desired. Solomon knew exactly what he needed. “Now, LORD God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” (2 Chronicles 1:9-10 NIV)
Solomon used this gift from God wisely and people were amazed by it. They came from far and wide to see him and hear his words of wisdom. This knowledge was a blessing, but we read in 1 Kings 11 that he began to disobey God’s law. He intermarried and was soon led away to foreign gods. It wasn’t long until Solomon’s world was crumbling.
Even though God blessed him well, Solomon still turned his focus away. He was focusing on the wrong things and started setting the wrong goals. It’s hard to imagine being in his situation and turning on God, but it shows us how easily we can shift our focus to ourselves and other’s goals instead of God’s.
So what can we do to help ourselves stay on the straight and narrow path God has laid for us?
1) Make sure your environment is fulfilling you in your goal.
Don’t become distracted. If Christ came to the door, would you be sorry for the daily choices you’ve made? We all wrestle with our human nature at times, but it’s important that we are aware of what and who we surround ourselves with. We don’t want to allow others to influence our decisions as Solomon did, nor do we want to become so full of ourselves that we don’t give God the credit He deserves.
2) We all need to have a concrete plan and be willing to follow through.
Schedule time with God every day and don’t be afraid to ask Him for help when you need it. When we struggle, we need to turn to God first. Plan for success – Pray to God instantly when you find you have sinned. Pray regularly, set a designated time if necessary. Study your Bible daily. Even if it’s a chapter a day, it puts God’s word at the forefront of your mind. Then meditate on what you have learned.
Jesus said, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62) There is no turning back from your goal. When you want to stay healthy you eat and exercise right. You must put the same amount of focus and energy into your spiritual goals. Our spiritual goals should be a priority and are is where our focus should always be.