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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

To Find Yourself, Focus on God

In summary of Matthew 10:39 it says, “If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me.”

Bottom Line:
If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it

What this means to me:

Each day I need to turn my focus from myself to turn it instead to Jesus.  Turning to Jesus and following him helps my overall purpose in life change.  I go after the things he is interested in (people.)  I do the work that he has already planned for me to do.  If I cling to my own life and own way, I will miss out.  I can look to Jesus as my example.  Jesus life was purpose driven, and he lived with priorities.  At the end of my life, I would like to say, “I did it. I used my life the way God wanted me. I may have had a rocky start. But I used the rest of my life the way God wanted me to use it. And I put him first.”  As a Christian, God should come first in my life. Everything else is second place. Scripture tells me, if I put him first, everything else will come into focus. God will help me with it.  The most counter-culture statement in today’s world is the first sentence of “The Purpose Driven Life”: “It’s not about you.” Everything in society says it’s all about you. All of the advertisements say it’s all about you.  God says the only way I’ll ever find yourself is by forgetting myself and focusing on God. Then I’ll not only figure out God; but I’ll also figure out me. That’s what it means to live like Jesus.  In summary, I need to give up myself and my own desires.  Turn my focus to Jesus.  In doing so I’ll find my true life, the one he intended for me.