In this video, you will learn what your focus should be when life gets hard and you’re going through difficult times.
Have you ever felt that your problems are just too much for you to handle? You have done all that you can do and it seems everything isn’t working out. In times when we are ready to give up, what should we do?
I say, “FOCUS ON ETERNITY.”
In this video, you will learn the following:
- How life gets us distracted with the cares of this world
- Why we should focus on what’s eternal and not temporary
- How a shift in our focus could dramatically improve our spiritual life
Be inspired and learn what our focus should be as Christians!
Brethren, we live in a distracted world. Living in a day and age of the Internet, smartphones, and HD TVs has taken a toll on our ability to focus. According to one survey, on average, people check their phones every 12 minutes. Not only that but studies show that people who are distracted lose 10 points in their IQ.
Satan loves distracted Christians. He doesn’t need us to renounce our faith. If he can be successful in distracting us, then it would be easier for him to lead us astray. That’s why he would do everything to distract us. He wants us to be so distracted that we become disconnected from our Heavenly Father.
Now, our distractions can be more than short-lived. Distractions are not just limited to turning on your phone every 12 minutes. It’s not just about getting distracted because of an emergency. It’s not just about getting distracted because something caught your attention.
We can all be distracted for an extended period of time. The worst thing that could happen is that we can be distracted from our calling. We get distracted by the cares of this life that we begin to lose our focus on God. Until the time comes that we are no longer in the faith, that we are no longer following Yahweh, but we are now following ourselves.
That’s why, brethren, in today’s message, I want to direct our attention to this one important reminder and this reminder is just three words, which is also the title of my message: focus on eternity. Focus on eternity.
The Scripture tells us not to be distracted by the cares of this world. But we can only do that if we are focused on God’s Kingdom.
Let me ask you, where is your ultimate focus right now? Isn’t it true that our day can be filled with so many worldly cares that we lose sight of what truly matters? Isn’t it true that we can quickly lose focus on what God wants in our lives? Isn’t it true that we can be totally immersed in our day-to-day concerns that we don’t have time anymore for prayer, Bible study, meditation, and fasting?
This is the reason that I want to remind you, including myself, about where our focus should be. Again, focus on eternity.
All of us want to be successful in this life. That’s why we do our best at work. We do our best not to be late but we get late for Sabbath services. We try to memorize all our academic lessons, but we fail to memorize even one verse every week. We try to pass the exams of our teachers, but we fail the test of God. We try to please people but fail to please our Father.
You see, brethren, being successful in this life doesn’t automatically mean you are successful in God’s eyes. Mark 8:36 tells us:
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Again, focus on eternity.
You see, brethren, I strongly believe that whatever length of time we have on this earth is enough to do the will of God. The problem is that we are not using our life to follow God. We are more concerned with the cares of this world.
One huge mistake you will ever make is to focus your attention on things that are temporary. I know a lot of people who do their best in creating a lasting legacy. However, whatever legacy you built on this earth will eventually fade and be forgotten. A better choice is instead of creating a lasting legacy, you build an eternal legacy.
God’s purpose for our lives is not for us to set our home on this earth. He puts us here on earth to prepare for eternity. This life is our training ground. It’s our stepping stone. It’s our road to eternity. Life is just temporary. That’s why Paul called our body a tent. Nobody puts up a tent and expects the tent to last for months or years.
We read in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18:
Continuing here, it says “While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
If you think about it, brethren, if you try to compare our life, even if you live up to a hundred years, our time on earth is just a blink of an eye compared to eternity. However, we must remember that even though our life here on earth is temporary, what we do today determines what we will be in eternity.
Every thought we conceive, every decision we make, every action we take, all of those would determine whether we will be in the Kingdom of God or not. Yes, By grace, God is offering us salvation. Nevertheless, God can’t force us to choose Him. We have to make that choice.
Now, here’s what will happen if we are fully focused on eternity — our priorities change. Understand that if everything is important to you, nothing is really important to you. If you think that your will and God’s will for you are both important, then then you will ultimately fail.
Focusing on eternity, meaning, focusing on fulfilling the purpose God has given you, will force you to wisely use your time, energy, and resources. Instead of spending time on video games, scrolling through social media, and being busy following the latest trends, you would instead put more importance on building your character, creating relationships with others, and serving God.
Because you are focused on eternity, the burden you’re carrying seems to be lighter. The issues in life become more bearable. You become more positive in life because you know that even if life becomes hard, it would be just temporary. It won’t last forever, what will last is the eternity you will spend in God’s Kingdom.
That’s why I want you to focus on eternity. When life hits you with financial problems, focus on eternity. When life hits you with health problems, focus on eternity. When life drags you down, focus on eternity. In short, focus on God’s will and purpose for you.
For our final Scripture, let’s read Hebrews 12:1-2:
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us…
These include the distractions in our lives. What’s distracting you from fulfilling God’s purpose for you? Could it be a person in your life, your job, your schooling, or your ambitions? Could it be your sins? Could it be your vices? It’s time for us to examine ourselves and see where we are really setting our focus on.
So, instead of getting distracted, what should we do? Let’s continue reading:
“And let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Yahshua, the author and finisher of our faith who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
There you have it, brethren, that’s where eternity is found. Our Savior sits at the right hand of God the Father. They offer us salvation — to be part of their Family, forever. May not the distractions and cares of this world prevent us from reaching the Kingdom of Yahweh.
So, let’s do our best to stay focused and not get distracted from our ultimate destination. Satan may distract us with so many things, but let us all remember — focus on eternity.
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