Bible Reading: Matthew 14: 22-33
As we round off on Surge Refocus today, I want to share a cheat code with you!
Have you ever used a cheat code?
Isn’t it interesting what a cheat code can do for you? It’s amazing how a cheat code can make a game or task so much easier, and propel you way beyond the literal walk through that everyone else is entangled in and struggling with.
I’m thinking around a whole lot of things that we need to be refocusing on that we’ve shared in the last seven days, and if I’ll be honest, that’s sometimes a huge task. But I guess our cheat code will make it easier and help us win on all sides.
It’s simple: Refocus on Jesus.
The truth about keeping a right focus is that it starts from getting your focus on Jesus right.
A rightly focused life is a life that is first of all rightly focused on Jesus, and then finds all expressions out of that focus.
A focus on Jesus must not be a historical event for a Christian. It’s not just about the day you got born again or sought him for some big need in your life. Jesus is not just the one you looked to and found life. He is the one you look to and find life.
Ask Peter- he was getting focusing on Jesus right in one moment and was walking on water, then when he began to focus on the winds and waves, he began to sink. Trust me, in walking on water, there was a lot happening. He was getting his steps right, getting his pace right, getting the right balance, shutting out the noise, and so on. Maybe a few more things in your context- he was not walking in hurt at the friend that let him down or broke his heart, he was living stronger than the power and hold of sin, he was not overwhelmed by need or a lack of resource, and you can go on and on. But he wasn’t even thinking about all that- he was simply focusing on Jesus!
There are always these two million and seven things to be getting right in life. Your mind needs to be focused, you need to stay loyal, you need to be loving in hard places, you need to stay enthusiastic and consistent, you need to stay alive and full of wonder… I keep learning every day that it’s in Jesus that we can get it all right.
In our reading today, Peter learnt that our problem is never the winds and waves that surround us, its our lack of focus on Jesus.
The devil seems to have a clue on this and so he will do all that he can to take your focus off Jesus. He’ll make everything else seem important and urgent. Having a quiet time of prayer and meditation on God’s word will always seem like a big ask. Spending data on church services or content will many times seem like a task. A church life group will seem unimportant. So we stay busy trying to hold a hundred things together- largely unsuccessfully- because we miss the one thing that can lead us to hold all hundred together.
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. John 15:4-5 NKJV
Do you really believe that? That in Jesus we are fruitful in all things, but outside of him we can do nothing!
Jesus will teach you to love. He will create a compelling working in you by the power of the Holy Spirit to love even the unlikely. He will revive your enthusiasm and sense of wonder. No one is ever truly focused on Jesus and is sorrowful and disloyal and all that.
I still believe that the Christian life is not just about a ‘spiritual life’. I believe that it is through Jesus and my relationship with him that I’m building my marriage and raising my kids right. Who says walking with Jesus doesn’t play out in building career or relationships and all that? Of course it does!
Today, I invite you to refocus on Jesus! I invite you to make that your intense passion for the second half of the year. I invite you to think about systems and structures that incline you towards a Jesus focus and how you can enhance them, as well as destroy systems, structures and conversations that distract you from a Jesus focus. Think about it in all the practical ways- status updates, social media, who you chat up or hang out with, and so on.
My prayer for you is that the second half of the year will be the more intense and more fruitful year as you set your focus right.
I’m really looking forward to our surge Prayer Hangout on Thursday 9th July, 2020, from 7:00 – 7:35 pm WAT (GMT +1). It will be a great time of praying around all that we’ve shared in the last seven days and setting ourselves up for all that God has ahead of us!