Opposite to a God-Centered focus, a man-centered focus is concerned with personal happiness, fulfillment, comfort, success and prosperity. For examples of this, simply look around at the current culture.
A God-centered focus involves living out the command to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). Doing so enabled the Thessalonians to endure persecution (2 Thessalonians 1), and it can also encourage us to endure and resist our God-less modern culture.
Seeking God’s kingdom first means living for Him and having a God-centered focus. Colossians 3:1-4 gets at this by telling believers to “set your sights on the realities of Heaven” and to “let Heaven fill your thoughts,” thus giving the sense of a continual, earnest seeking.
James 1:2 and 1 Peter 5:10 tell us the benefits of a God-centered focus, benefits we can experience now. Those include patience, perfection (restoration), support, strength and being settled (having a firm foundation).
But HOW do we seek Him?
HOW do we obtain and then maintain a God-centered focus when the things of this work are so distracting?
- Focus on His agenda, which is found in His Holy Word.
- Ask questions like: What would God have me do in this situation? Would this please Him? What does He want to teach me here?
- Guard your heart. Avoid letting cravings of the flesh spin out of control. Guarding “the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23) begins and ends with where we allow our thoughts to focus.
The ultimate goal of a God-centered focus lies with bringing glory and honor to God in our attitudes, actions and words. Doing so demonstrates our true loyalty to Him through our ever-increasing faith, a growing love toward others, and an unwavering hope.
DISCUSSION: What does James 1:4 tell us we will lack if we let this process of perfection happen in our lives? What would your life be like if this was a reality for you?
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