Maintaining Our Focus
Bible Text: Philippians 3:13-14 | Speaker: Pastor James Zaebst
As a believer in Christ and as His Ambassador to the lost, it is of the utmost importance that we focus on what is truly important and that we do all we can to maintain the focus.
Philippians 3:13: The first key to maintaining our focus is to look forward and not behind. We must look to the future and not on the past. Israel could not enjoy the manna (bread from Heaven and an ultimate picture of Christ) because they could not forget about the old from from the land of Egypt (Numbers 11:5-9). This displeased God (Numbers 5:10). When they went into the promised land they had to forget about the manna in order to enjoy the fruit of the Promised Land (Joshua 5:12 and Leviticus 20:24). God desired to give Israel a blessing that was amazing (Numbers 13:21-27). But they had to have faith in God’s blessing for tomorrow (Joshua 1:10 and 11). They had to forget the past which is hard to do (Exodus 16:3).
Philippians 3:14: The second key to maintaining our focus is to set goals (a mark) and to develop and execute a real pan to reach those goals. Instead of just trying to share the Gospel when given an opportunity, why not set a specific goal to share the Gospel repeatedly with a specific individual with concerted effort to win them to Christ. The Apostle Paul whiel under arrest and in custody attempted to win Kind Agrippa to faith in Christ Jesus (Acts 26:22-28). Paul started with his own testimony (Acts 26:13-19).
What a wonderful example of not losing his focus by setting the specific goal of winning not just anyone but the King to faith in Christ. Paul was a man who maintained his focus (Acts 20:24).