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SET YOUR FOCUS ON JESUS

TUESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2021


To set your focus on Jesus is to be dependent on Him. Christians are designed to be dependent on Christ, not on the world. We need to be focused on Jesus because that's the only way to gain assurance and experience a fully-formed Christ within. This dependence simply means trust and unwavering faith in His faithfulness. To be focused on Christ is to be fixed in the truth that Christ is the host and exact imprint of all the manifestations of God.

Reference: Hebrews 3:1 Berean Study Bible (BSB) "Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, set your focus on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess."


As Christians, we share in the heavenly calling and we confess and acknowledge Jesus as our apostle and High Priest. Christ defined as Apostle here means, "God-sent messenger." When you think carefully about Jesus whom we declare to be our High Priest, we can observe that He was faithful to the One who appointed Him, just as Moses was faithful in all God's house (Numbers 12:7). God bestowed Christ with high-priestly dignity and now in heaven, He continues to fulfil His high-priestly office on our behalf.


When we consider Christ as the head over the peculiar family of God, it gives us a high-properly sense of belonging. We belong to the family of God, headed by Christ and we partake of His life. And guess what! There is no greater reality than to have an inseparable union with Christ. It's only Jesus that offers the things we desire most in this life - unconditional love, acceptance, true satisfaction, godly fulfilment and security. Every time you meditate on Christ, His person and His faithfulness, you gain confidence, you become more aware of His love, and you are propelled to act in accordance with His Word. By focusing on Jesus, we can reflect the life of the highly-exalted Christ and experience what it means to be a fulfilled Christian.


Focusing on Christ is the true recognition of reality. And this recognition changes everything, including our perspective about God. Once you recognise Him and acknowledge Him in all your ways, your seek and search for reality comes to an end. Christ didn't actually come to become part of our lives or to give us a part of His life, He came to indwell us and to become one with us. In fact, He became our life, so that we can express Him through our earthen vessel. How do we express Him? By becoming more loving, more joyous, more peaceful, more compassionate, more disciplined and more glorious, and because we are focused on Him, He shines His attributes brightly through us.


When you are focused on Christ, your feelings cannot dictate your life and existence. When it tells you something different from what Christ offers, you won't accept it. Focusing on Christ means there is no room for doubt, such that our faith manifests itself to the maximum. Referenced Scripture says, "set your focus on Jesus, the apostle and High priest whom we confess." Notably, we confess Christ, not just as Lord but as the Word. To confess here means, to affirm or to say it verbally.


As you focus on Christ and confess Him and His Word, sooner than you think, those powerful confessions will begin to take root in you and move you into a fixed inner-consciousness of His reality. No wonder the Scriptures says, "...our inner man is being renewed day by day" (2 Corinthians 4:16 NIV). Inwardly we are being renewed day by day to fully know and understand that Christ is our reality. As this happens, His faith wells up in us both to will and to work for His good pleasure.


Beloved we are called to focus on the unseen Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:18 says, "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal" (NIV). In other words, Christ and the realities we behold in the Spirit have become more real than what meets the eye. Shalom!


Scripture Reading - Isaiah 26:3; Romans 8:5; Colossians 3:1-3; Hebrews 12:1-2.


Exuberant Declaration: My daily focus is on Christ and His Word and I live with constant recognition that He is my great High Priest who has ascended into heaven. Christ is the source of my endless life and the Holy Spirit, the engine of eternal life. I'm a fruit-bearing branch of the Vine, Christ, and I walk by faith, not by sensory observations, experiences and perceptions. This principle guides and inspires all my engagements in life which result in glorious outcomes. Hallelujah!



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