Whatever has your attention will eventually get your affections.
It’s for your own good to re-focus. To keep your eyes on Jesus. Thinking of things above. And renewing your mind, again.
Because it’s human nature to look inwards. Analysing your thoughts, your intentions and your plans for tomorrow. Working hard to do good, and be good, and serve God. However, in the doing and the serving, we might miss the loving.
We are a self-focused generation, and we have fallen in the trap of worshipping the trinity of me, myself and I.
Bill Johnson wrote, “In my own pursuit of God, I often became preoccupied with ME! It was easy to think that being constantly aware of my faults and weakness was humility. It’s not! If I’m the main subject, talking incessantly about my weaknesses, I have entered into the most subtle form of pride.” (from the modern classic: When Heaven Invades Earth)
The first step in being free, is recognising the need for freedom. And this is a great week to start living differently. The beginning of spring provides the perfect season to move from the winter of your soul to the glory of God’s summer. You can stop being the main subject. You can choose not to be Martha the doer. Instead, become Mary the lover.
You are very important indeed. Your life matters. Your days are valuable. But what if happiness is found when you look upwards? When you actually sit down and rest in His love? What if we took the Mary-Approach and stop trying to do the “right thing” – but instead focus on the right one?
Look to Jesus today. Sit at his feet, and look up to hear Him say, ” (your name here) has chosen the good portion, it will not be taken away.”
He’s the author and perfecter of our faith. The writer of our story. The epicenter of our joy.
Go ahead, close your eyes for 3 seconds and re-focus on Jesus. He’s in a good mood and He’s in love with you.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Jesus in Matthew 6:33
“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:2
Thank you Holy Spirit for re-focusing my heart. I give you my time, my attention and my affections. I ask that you would remind me of everything Jesus said and you would keep me in the Father’s embrace. I look to you, Amen.
This song is the best invitation for re-focusing. Mark and Sarah Tillman wrote it, they sing it beautifully and live it daily. They are my good friends and I love singing Fragrance, over and over again. Enjoy: [videos file=”http://youtu.be/gqGp1xvfZB8″ width=”560″ height=”315″][/videos]
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