Refocus Our Focus

Philippians 3:13-14

As we begin to look forward to another year that the Lord has given us sometimes we tend to look back in regret or remorse at the things we did not get accomplished for the Lord in the past year.

But we must not allow the failures of the past to cloud our vision of the future. We can never change the past. But by the grace of God, we can make the most of the future. So remember those things which will help you forward, but forget those things which will only hold you back"

Because our hope is in Christ…we can let go of past guilt and look forward to what He will help us become. Don't dwell on your past. Instead, grow in the knowledge of God by concentrating on our relationship with Him now. Sometimes we, as Christians, stray from God in our hearts, grow weary in well doing, and grow slack in our commitment. It is during these times that our lives seem to get out of focus. We fail to see that we are heading in a direction contrary to God's direction for our lives.

I draw your attention to the final statement that Paul writes in v5. 'And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.'

The word direct in the Greek means "to be straightened fully." It implied that their focus had become blurred or not clear. Paul prayed that the Thessalonians would get refocused. That they might refocus their lives on Christ and His will for their lives. As we consider this New Year before us let's take time to refocus our lives on Christ and His will for each of our lives. It is time to refocus our focus.

I. Refocus Our Passion. (3:5a)

II. Refocus Our Purpose.

III. Refocus Our Patience