Obedience

The Need for a Singular Focus

February 9, 2014

Whether you have trusted Christ or not, the need for a singular focus is extremely important. God made humans with a brain that is capable of wondrous and numerous things, however it is not made to “multitask”. Mankind was made to do one thing at a time. When we focus on something, we do exponentially better than when we are distracted by multiple things.

A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
James 1:18

Believers Should Focus Solely on the Lord

Believers should serve only the Lord. They can’t even serve the Lord and someone else (even themselves). They are incapable of equally splitting or dividing their worship.

Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Matthew 4:10

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Matthew 6:22-24

When believers get caught up in something other than the Lord…they end up with the wrong priorities, wrong friends…etc.

No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
II Timothy 2:4

Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
James 4:4

Contrariwise, if believers are serving the Lord only, they find that the world hates them…

If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
John 15:19

Does the world hate you? Or do you fit in with it?

Do unbelievers think you are weird? I hope so.

How Should Believers Serve Him?

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
Mark 12:30-31

Every fiber in the Christian’s body, soul and spirit should serve him.

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
Philippians 3:13-15

Has God revealed anything to you that should be removed from your life?

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
Colossians 3:5

To mortify means to deaden, or subdue, to num, or put down so you can’t even feel it, i.e. lifeless.

So when you covet something that belongs to another, you are violating the tenth commandment, and therefore elevating that thing you desire over God’s commandments, and thus over God, and so the scripture tells us that covetousness is the same as idolatry.

How about things that should be added…is there anything that needs to be added to your life?

Continuing in Colossians 3, the Holy Spirit prescribes a list of things that should be added to the believer’s life.

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Colossians 3:12

Bowels of mercies, kindness, humbeness of mind, meekness, longsuffering…? This list seems difficult to obtain, and it is. In fact, without aid from the Holy Spirit, these attributes, combined with the right motives, are impossible to attain. But there is a great blessing to be had of those that follow the principle of focusing their efforts on the things of God.

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
Colossians 3:23-24

What’s the Key to Success?

The key to fulfillment in the Christian life is obedience. Believers must be committed to serving the Lord and obeying his directives. Distractions only serve to hinder the Christian’s success.

Truly there should be nothing else, everything should be done for him (which includes doing things for others), as aforementioned in Mark 12:30-31 with the two Great commandments. This was Christ’s sole focus.

And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
John 8:29

So who’s your master? If Christ is not your master, click here to discover how to obtain guaranteed, eternal salvation.

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Where’s your focus?

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