Developing Our Focus as Believers
Bible Text: Philippians 3:13-15 | Speaker: Pastor James Zaebst
Philippians 3:13: We must strive to develop a focus that is forward thinking. We must look ahead. To truly have any fruit as a believer we must give more care and concern for the future that we do the past. If all of our focus is on the past, we are guaranteed to get nothing done for Christ in the future.
You cannot properly drive a car by looking in the rear view mirror only.
When Israel prepared to enter the promised land and begin a new chapter of their lives they had to step out in faith (Joshua 1:6,10-11). They had to prepare to eat new fruit (Joshua 5:11-12). Dwelling on the past is a failure to trust God for the future (Numbers 11:4-6).
Philippians 3:14: We must strive to develop a focus that has specific goals to reach. We must focus on a goal or goals and then develop a plan to achieve them and follow our plan. Imagine running a race with no idea of where the finish line was. This is ridiculous but it is what many do. Christ’s last instructions to the Messianic Jewish Church was for them to Evangelize. He gave them 4 specific Evangelistic goals (Acts 1:8-9). The starting of anything worthwhile is the setting of a goal (I Corinthians 9:22-27 and 1 Peter 5:14).
Philippians 3:15: If you want to perfect your focus you need to be thus minded. If we as an Assembly of believers are going to get anything done for Christ we must agree together to look ahead and not behind. We must set goals and strive together to reach them together (Psalm 133:1)