Pastor Jeff’s Corner for May 2021: “Focus On Christ”

Sometimes it’s so easy to be distracted. We went to a big box store to look at fans the other day and there were so many different types of lights and fixtures, we quickly forgot what we actually came there for … ? Oh, yeah–a paddle fan! Sound familiar?

In Matthew 6:33 (NLT) we read, Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously and he will give you everything you need. How then do we seek the Kingdom of God? As Jesus begins his ministry in the Gospel of Mark, he reminds us that the Kingdom of God is near, repent and believe the good news. That last part should serve as a daily reminder to us, as we die to our old selves and live as a new self being transformed out of our faith as a follower of Jesus.

This recipe for good spiritual health sounds so simplistic and yet we often don’t make it a priority. We don’t regard building our relationship with God as a treasure to be embraced. We make time for earthly focuses like entertainment, work, school, hobbies, etc. and none of those has the eternal impact on our lives that growing a relationship with Jesus does. We often share this example trying to jam everything we can into our schedule and then we wonder why our children struggle when they try to do the same thing. In Matthew 6:21 (NLT} we read, Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

Brothers and sisters, where does your treasure lie? Now is the time to make adjustments to the priorities you hold dear and return to a focus on Christ. The world whispers that they have what you need. Do not be distracted by those sounds, instead, turn to the only one who can keep you from falling, Jesus Christ.
Jude 1:24 (NLT} To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy.

God loves you and so do I,

Pastor Jeff

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