What Should My Focus Be?

Matthew 6:33-34 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.  Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Worry is a sin because when we worry we aren’t trusting God.  God is the Creator of all things.  He has all-power and all-knowledge.  But when we worry we’re acting as if God can’t handle our problem.  We think God isn’t able to meet our need.  As a result, we rely on ourselves.

The problem with relying on ourselves is we’re weak, powerless, and sinful.  And knowing that we’re weak causes more anxiety.  We can’t control the universe and we’re not trusting God, so worry is the result.  Since we’re not seeking God’s kingdom and His righteousness above everything else, we worry.

The opposite of worry is to seek first God’s Kingdom and His righteousness.  So when we worry that means our focus is on something other than God’s Kingdom and His righteousness.  When we worry, God’s rule and reign is not the center of our life.  That means we have an idol in our heart.

And that idol is ruling and reigning our life.  That idol is the focus and center of our life.  And we worry because that idol can’t help us because that false god doesn’t exist.  It’s powerless.

What’s the name of this idol?  Unbelief.  It’s not an unbeliever, atheistic kind of unbelief.  It’s the unbelief of a Christian who has forgotten who his heavenly Father is.  He is ignorant of God’s promises, and he’s focused on things that are seen rather than focused on things that are unseen.

It’s the unbelief of a Christian who believes Satan’s lie that says, “God can’t help you so you better help yourself.”  It’s the lie that says, “God doesn’t love you.  You’re going to die so you better take matters into your own hands.”   The worrier is relying on his own resources to meet his needs rather than trusting God, who knows all, made all, controls all, and provides all!

This unbelieving Christian needs to grow in his faith.  He needs to grow in his understanding of who God is and what God’s promises are.  He needs to center his life on God and obey His Word, if not, he will worry.

So, my priority must be to orient my life completely around God and His righteousness.  Jesus said in Matthew 6:22-23, “The eye is the lamp of the body.  If your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.  But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.  So if the light within you is darkness – how deep is that darkness!”

That means your spiritual light is turned on when you seek first God’s Kingdom and His righteousness.  You will truly see rightly, and spiritually, when your life revolves around God; loving Him, worshipping Him, obeying Him, serving Him, trusting Him.

But if your life doesn’t revolve around “the Son”, you will walk in darkness.  You’ll be lost, you’ll be afraid, you’ll worry, and how deep is that darkness!  If you value what really matters, if your top priority is to seek God’s kingdom, if the Lord is ruling your life, if you treasure above all things God’s will and His glory, you will not worry, you will truly see, and when you truly see spiritually, you won’t worry.

When I worry it shows I’m focused on the wrong thing, but when I’m living by faith it shows I’m focused on the only thing and only One who can meet my need.  When I worry it shows that I’m trying to control my life rather than allowing God to control my life.

We have to repent of the sin of worry.  We have to tear down the idol of unbelief in our heart and put God on the throne of our heart.  We have to do this every day.  Then we have to daily read and study God’s Word so that our faith will grow.

Lastly, we need to trust in God’s amazing grace every day.  Every day seek to know His grace.  Seek to know His love, mercy, and wisdom, that way our focus will be on seeing God, treasuring God, and relying on God.  God is our hope, our peace, our comfort, our joy, our strength, our life!

Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep the mind that is dependent on You in perfect peace, for it is trusting in You.”

The more and more your faith grows.  The more and more you see His grace and goodness and power and wisdom.  And the more and more you love and treasure the Lord and His will and glory above everything else, then the more and more the ocean of worry that you live in will look like a little puddle you occasionally skip over as you continue to live for God’s Kingdom and His righteousness!

As a child of God you are not left without hope!  He made you, He knows you, He died for you, He saved you, and He knows what you need.  So why worry?  Instead, focus on the one true God, look to Him as the source of life, and depend on who He is.

Then rest in His righteousness which means – trust in His perfect life, His sacrificial death, and His powerful resurrection!  It’s all about Him!  His grace is sufficient to meet our needs!

We don’t have to worry!  We don’t have to worry because our awesome Creator, our King of kings, Lord of lords, all-powerful, all-knowing, all-seeing, ever-present, perfect Lamb, compassionate Daddy, eternal Spirit, faithful provider, risen Savior, and gracious God is also the Lord of the future!

About Pastor Douglas Graham

Dr. Douglas Graham started MadeToFish in 2007. MadeToFish is about "Growing and helping others grow in the Gospel." Doug is the Pastor of Cedarville Nazarene Church. Our church website is: MadeToFish.com
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