Lesson 8 - Growing Closer to God Through Focusing on Spiritual Matters

Christians have a high calling in life. This high calling allows us to focus on things of an eternal nature. Since we are children of God, we are in the position to have a positive impact in the world. If we allow this mission to consume us we will, by very nature, be intently focused of the Big Picture. The temptation we sometimes fall victim to is losing that focus and being distracted by what is going on around us. Sure, we need to be "in touch" with reality so we can best prepare for our calling. However we should not let anything redirect us from being a faith-filled people who seek God's ways with passion and conviction. Colossians 3:2 reminds us about this focus driven life, "Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth."

The Bible contains all we need to be pleasing and productive for God. Reading and understanding it will motivate us to live, move, and breathe the plan. However you may find it beneficial to boil this Bible-centered life down into a small, but terribly important, promise to yourself. An example of this I have in my life is this. "I promise myself that no matter what, I will always be faithful to the Lord." This seems so simple, but it is really very deep. It means that no matter what my family does, no matter what the church does, no matter how unfair I think things are, I will always stay faithful! When times are tough I repeat this promise to myself.

James 5:1-6
1 Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! 2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days. 4 Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. 5 You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you.