So how is your Christian walk going these days? Are you staying properly focused? Or are you distracted by the things you see in the world or by the many divergent voices out there? Generally speaking, one must know how to stay focused if he wants to effectively realize any long range goal. So there is nothing profound about my saying that to effectively live the Christian life, you must stay focused.
Consider these words from the psalmist found in the Book of the Psalms: “But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked” (Psalms 73:2-3, KJV)
I believe many Christians can relate to the psalmist’s experience. That is, they have a difficult time dealing with the idea of what the psalmist refers to as “the prosperity of the wicked.”
Some of us have this crazy idea that just because we are Christians, our material wealth and worldly success should exceed that of all those who have no interest in serving the Lord. I call this a crazy idea because there is nothing in the Bible that teaches that this will be the case.
Notice how the psalmist said this experience affected him. “My feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.” That means he was losing his footing. That’s the danger of losing focus during our walk with God.
Please note that the guy who is sharing this testimony with us is someone whom God used to pen a portion of the Bible. All of the men God used to write the Bible were holy. But none of them were perfect.
It is reasonable to assume that if this servant of God could be so profoundly affected through losing focus, it can happen to us as well. Throughout the remainder of Psalm 73, the psalmist expands on his gripe: “They are not in trouble as other men” (verse 5); “they have more than heart can wish” (verse 7); “they set their mouth against the heavens” (verse 9), etc. You can sense how unsettling this was for him.
OK, so how did this servant of God regain focus? “I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end, he said” (verse 17). That brings us to some things Christians can do to stay focused:
Three Things to Do to Stay Focused As a Christian
Attend a local church that faithfully proclaims the Word of God and not the doctrines of men. None of us are beyond losing proper focus at times. That’s one of the values of belonging to a Bible-believing church. Bible preaching and teaching help us maintain a biblical perspective about life. Remember, it was at the sanctuary that the psalmist was able to regain focus.
Be a student of the Bible. Things are seldom as they appear. We need the Word of God to help us see things as they are. “You do err, not knowing the Scriptures,” Jesus said (Matthew 22:29)
Keep your eyes on the Lord. It can be unsettling or even a stumbling block to us when preachers or others whom we look up to fail morally. They must not be our focus. “Let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus ….” (Hebrews 12:1-2)
Staying properly focused in this world is not happenstance. We live in such a turbulent world. So many voices out there vie for our attention. That’s why you can’t effectively live for Christ unless you can stay properly focused.
Frank King is pastor of the English-speaking congregation at the Hinesville Korean Full Gospel Church, 758 Tupelo Trail, Hinesville, GA, 31313.