I enjoy Black Friday shopping with my husband. It is kind of strange that someone like me would like Black Friday because I really don't like crowds. However, early in the morning there is almost a camaraderie with fellow shoppers that forms while waiting in the long line; people chat with each other and share info on other deals. But, Black Friday is changing and it is bleeding over into Thanksgiving which I think is unfortunate. I really enjoy Thanksgiving because it is a day to spend with family or friends and reminds us of why we give thanks to God. I think it is too bad that a day set aside to be thankful for what we already have is becoming a day filled with consumerism; it is the opposite of what Thanksgiving is about. But, it made me think of how there is so much in this world that wants to pull our attention away from what we should be focusing on. Distractions are everywhere, but we are told to set those aside and focus on the One who gives us life. Please use the link and read through Colossians 3:1-4.
These verses are very clear that our focus should be on the things above. The promise of entering God's rest comes to us because Jesus' has victory over death. So, when we chose to follow Jesus we died to ourselves and were raised to new life in Him. Colossians 3:1 (NIV) says, "Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God." Since we have been raised with Christ, we shouldn't be focusing on the things that we rose from. We focus on the One who raised us and promises us life. I think this is key to helping us with our temptations and the things that want to drag us away from the amazing promises of God. When we keep our hearts focused on Him, it will help us to keep our minds from wandering into our desires.
Maybe this is why I wanted to do this study on the promise of entering rest because it is helping me to stay focused on things above and the things to come that are promised for all who believe. As you go throughout your day and find the things surrounding you wanting to take your focus away from God, pray that God helps you keep your eyes on Him. 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV) reminds us, "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." What is unseen is eternal, so let's keep our hearts focused on that!
Where is your focus?
This post is linked with Sharing His Beauty.