A God-Centered Focus

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?

  1. Focus on His agenda, which is found in His Holy Word.
  2. Ask questions like: What would God have me do in this situation? Would this please Him? What does He want to teach me here?
  3. 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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2 thoughts on “A God-Centered Focus

  1. Once again, another great blog today Kari! I realize that when I am “self-centered” rather than God centered, I get irritated more with my husband and I am not the best mom. When I place my mind on the things of God and what His desires for my actions, life, and attitudes should be, the little things that normally would irritate me, dont’! It’s amazing how self-centered we can be in life. When being God centered, my relationship with my husband and my children seem to go a lot better. Submitting to God’s ways certainly make for a more joyous life than submitting to my ways. I pray today that my focus and my mind will be placed on HIM and not me. “Do to others…” “Be kind and compassionate to one another…” “Serve one another as good stewards…”

    • Focus determines reality, plain and simple. This is why we MUST be mindful of where we focus our thoughts, because they shape our attitudes, actions and words. Small steps… that’s how we’ll get there.

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