What’s Your Focus?

20 Dec

God’s Word: Hebrews 13

God’s Message to Me: (My interpretation of what God is saying to me through these verses)

Don’t be obsessed with material things—focusing on what you can get for yourself.  Be relaxed with what you have.  I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you.  Instead, be concerned with your faithfulness and truthfulness.  This is the consistency I long to see in you.  This is the example you see in Christ.  He will never change—yesterday, today, tomorrow, He’s always totally himself—faithful and true.

Instead of seeking more and more for yourself, be ready with a meal or a bed when it’s needed.  Why, some have extended hospitality to angels without ever knowing it!  Regard prisoners as if you were in prison with them.  Look on victims of abuse as if what happened to them had happened to you.  Why?  Because I take your treatment of others personally.

Make sure you don’t take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others.  I take particular pleasure in your acts of sacrificial worship that takes place in the kitchen and workplace and on the streets.  Take your focus off the material things and focus on living your life as a person who is always faithful and true to others—all others.

God’s Question for Me: What are you focusing your life upon?  Who are you living for?

God’s Promise to Me: Jesus doesn’t change—yesterday, today, tomorrow, He’s always totally himself.

My Prayer to God:

Adoration:  How blest we are to have received the gift of Christ into our world.  To have such an example of total selflessness, complete faithfulness and absolute truthfulness is wonderful beyond comprehension.

Confession:  Even though I long to follow the example of Christ I fail time and time again.  I am sorry that I seem unable to do that which I long to do and often do the very things I despise.  If it weren’t for your forgiveness—I would be doomed.

Thanksgiving:  How deeply thankful I am for the gift of Christ who died in my place to purchase my forgiveness of sins.

Supplication:  Help me to be there for others, on Your behalf.  May I consistently follow the example of Christ and not cave in to the pleasures of this world that seek to draw me away from service.

My Song to God:  Joy to the World!   1719 by Isaac Watts     He wrote many hymns and Carols and was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree by the University of Edinburgh in 1728. The music to the carol is by George Frederick Handel (1685-1759).

Joy to the World , the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

 

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