"Go and make disciples…and teach them to observe all that I have commanded you." (Matt 28:19-20)

What’s Got Your Attention?


The following post is from my other blog, The Empowered Man:

 

The other day, I had a conversation with a guy about the state of the world we live in. He commented on several things, from the government to the conditions at the place he works. Most of his comments were complaints against the way others did things, and how he had been mistreated. Being a religious fellow, he made sure to talk about how God will judge those people and how close we are to Christ’s return.  So, things are bad…and the only hope we have is to look forward to “the end????”  Is this guy serious?

Not that I necessarily disagree with his comments about us being in the end times, but I realized from his comments just how WRONG his focus was. All he talked about was what was wrong with the world, and all the injustices he sees in the world on a daily basis. Then a thought hit me…

…what if we all focused more on the SOLUTION than the problems we see in this world. Yes, it’s true that the world seems to have “gone to H___ in a hand-basket”, as the saying goes, but should this be what our thoughts are consumed with? Our Enemy, the devil, does a very thorough job of accusing the saints, spreading lies, hate and discontent around the world. Why would we want to meditate on all he has done???? Why spend your time and energy discussing the works of the Enemy’s hands?  But wait…isn’t that TRULY what we are doing when we focus on all the wrong we see in the world?

Why not, instead, focus on the works of the Almighty?  Paul told the Philippians that they should focus their thoughts upon “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise…” (Philippians 4:8).  Focusing and being consumed with all that is wrong in the world is exhausting, it can depress you, and make you miserable, and in many cases bitter against those individuals in the world that do the wrong that you see.  When your focus is only on the negative, you are unable to help those who need it most.  There is a part in the Casting Crowns song “Jesus, friend of sinners” that says:

“Nobody knows what we’re for only what we’re against when we judge the wounded.
What if we put down our signs crossed over the lines and loved like You did?”

Instead of pointing our fingers at all the wrong in the world, all the evil people, all those who offend the cause of Christ; should we not instead be extending the very same grace that was given us through Christ?  Are the wrongdoers of the world not also in need of the Savior [just like you and I]?  I encourage you to let your thoughts and your heart be filled with the Word of God, as the beginning of the Book of Psalms instructs:

Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
  (Psalm 1:1-2)

And to hearken to the teachings of the Book of Proverbs:

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.
(Proverbs 1:7)

Are you going to be foolish or wise?  Will you show love or judgment?  Will your mind and heart be full of His Word or of your own disappointment with this world?

So what is my point?  There is evil in the world.  God is good.  He is sovereign.  He is our hope.  Remember the words of Christ to His disciples about this very topic:

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Christ is our hope; our all in all.  Spread the Good News of Christ, not the evidence we see of our Enemy at work in this World.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8)

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