Pastor's Pen - March 2012
Keeping the Subject in Focus
I am going to ask a silly question… Have you ever been disappointed by someone? Has anyone ever made a promise to you and for some reason or excuse broken it? Has anyone ever not lived up to what you have expected of them? It is easy to get weary or fearful or depressed if you allow the devil to get your attention on the world or the flesh and don’t stay focused on the Lord Jesus Christ.
In a photograph there are three areas that it is possible to focus on. You can focus on that which is in the front of the picture or the fore-ground or on the background behind, or you can keep your focus on the subject. A background and foreground is necessary to keep a photo from becoming a mug shot like the one on your driver’s license, but that is the only reason they are important. You must be sure that there is nothing that distracts from the subject.
The foreground of your life photo is you. If you focus on your-self and your selfish needs and desires you are going to be dis-appointed and disillusioned with life when you realize the earth, sun and moon don’t revolve around you.
The background of your life photo is the world. If we focus on the governments and economies and societies and evils of the world we will crawl into a hole and pull it in after us acting in fear.
The subject of you life photo is the most important. The subject is the whole point of the picture. The Subject pf your life photo is the Lord Jesus Christ and His Glory! If the Subject is illuminated enough and interesting enough and inviting enough He will always be the center of your life photo.
(Heb 12:1) Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2) Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3) For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.