Healthy Self-Focus (2)


Isaiah 45:22
Healthy Self-Focus (2)

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Today we continue our look at healthy self-focus, which we started on the 16th Feb. When dealing with self-focus, you may ask, 'What about those Scriptures that specifically tell us to "watch"? Aren't they all about keeping an eye on ourselves?' That's a good question, so lets take a look at some of those 'watch' passages in Scripture.

“My coming can be compared with that of a man who went on a trip to another country. He laid out his employees’ work for them to do while he was gone and told the gatekeeper to watch for his return.
“Keep a sharp lookout! For you do not know when I will come, at evening, at midnight, early dawn or late daybreak. Don’t let me find you sleeping. Watch for my return! This is my message to you and to everyone else.” - Mark 13:34-37

What Jesus was teaching here is the exact opposite of self-focus. The doorkeeper wasn't to watch himself, but to watch for his returning master. Jesus expects us to forget ourselves, work conscientiously for his Kingdom, and be watching and prepared for His return.

Servants are fortunate if their master finds them awake and ready when he comes! I promise you he will get ready and let his servants sit down so he can serve them.- Luke 12:37 (CEV)

Jesus does not want you constantly looking inwards and obsessing over yourself in a way that leaves you exhausted, discouraged and disappointed with yourself. He wants you to live life abundantly, excited and involved in His work here on earth, to actively watch for the coming again of your Lord and King.

Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. - Isaiah 45:22

So occasionally look inward, confess your sins and ask for forgiveness, - Psalm 51 - today at Breakfast will help with that. If you need to - then atone to any you have offended. Then leave it at the foot of the cross, rejoice Jesus paid for it and grace has got you! Move forward focusing more on God and less on yourself.