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Romans 8:5
Monday, February 13 2012

Our Spiritual Focus...

What determines your focus in life?

"For those who live according to the flesh are concerned with the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the spirit with the things of the spirit." -Romans 8:5 NAB

How we view the world often depends on the glasses that we choose to look through.  If all we see is what we hope to have in the future, then we are far-sighted spiritually, and we will struggle to focus on the present.  If we are overly focused on the present, we are spiritually near-sighted, and we will have a hard time staying focused on what God will bring in the future.  But, what can we do to see the whole big picture?

Being spiritually far-sighted is a more common problem than people think.  Many people are so focused on their wants and desires, the things of the flesh, that they cannot see what is directly in front of them.  They are blinded by what the future may hold.  Instead of making the most out of today, they are more focused on how tomorrow can be better.  With this way of seeing the world, tomorrow never seems to get much better.

On the flip side, there are those who are spiritually near-sighted.  This is an even more common problem.  These people are so focused and overwhelmed on today that they cannot see the good things coming to their lives.  Their wants and desires of the flesh consume them to the point that they cannot seem to find happiness in the moment.  All they see is what they do not have right now, and they cannot see what God will bring in the future.

If we want to see a clear picture of our life, both present and future, we must take off the goggles of our worldly desires.  When we look through the clear lens of the Holy Spirit, we can begin to see life a lot more clearly.  Allowing the Spirit into our life is like spiritual lasik surgery for our soul.  The world slowly comes in focus, and we can better understand our past, manage our present, and have hope for the future.

 

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