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When God Changes Your Focus

Posted by on Oct 6, 2010 in blog links, discipleship | 1 comment

When God Changes Your Focus

Lionel from “A View from the Woods” and I have been (“online”) friends for a while now. We’ve talked on the phone a few times. So far, we have not been able to meet in person, but I think that will happen eventually.

I think Lionel has just published his best post ever. It is called “Too Busy to Love, I Mean Serve Others.” In this very personal post, Lionel talks about how God is changing his perspective to a more kingdom-focused way of looking at the world.

Consider this excerpt:

The problem is what will it cost me? Every year I have told Jesus the same lie “once this year is over, I am good, I just need to get “X” under my belt”. And as every waking year passes, I find myself more busy than the year before. From a worldly perspective, nothing I am saying seems to be a conflict of interest; however, from a Kingdom perspective, everything I say is a problem. You see we have developed spiritual phrases such as “seasons”  to help us defend the fact that we (I, sorry for not owning this) are not doing what Jesus has called me to do. The song says “only whats done for Christ will last”. At the end of this life, I will stand before the Savior who gave up His life and tell Him, that I didn’t want to give up anything. If I were to be diagnosed with a terminal illness, would anything I have done in the last few years mean much of anything?

I have become so busy, so engulfed with my own life, my own passions, my own aspirations, my own career goals, my own….. .that I have forgot that I am a slave to another. I have forgotten that I was brought with the blood of the Son of God and that I am no longer under my own direction, my goals, aspirations and passions must be replaced with the will of another. No matter how honorable those things may be, if they are not for Christ, they are but wood, hay and stubble.

I appreciate Lionel’s honest reflection. I think this is something that we all need to consider. We may be doing good things, but are we doing kingdom-focused things? Are we truly seeking God’s kingdom first?

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  1. 10-6-2010

    I was involved in “ministry” for years, both in churches and Christian schools, and I’m sad to say that I probably didn’t do very much kingdom work for most of those years. Even “ministry” can cause us to lose focus on what’s really important.