Where is Our Focus?

A. W. Tozer in a devotional article prompted the thoughts in today’s article. He mentioned that Jacob’s first encounter with God resulted in him naming the place “Beth-El” meaning “The House of God.” Later, when God had changed Jacob, he came to this same place again. This time Jacob renamed the place El-Beth-El meaning “The God of the House of God.” What a lesson for us today! We can be more involved with the work of God than with the God of the work. In all that we call church and Christian service, is the work our focus or is Jesus our focus? That calls for serious heart-searching! Let’s not let anything take His place! In Luke 10:27 a certain lawyer, responding to Jesus’ question: “….What is written in the law? how readest thou?” gave this answer: “….Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind.” Jesus told the lawyer that he had “answered rightly.” What the “Law” commands is what the true child of God wants to do, out of love and gratitude, not out of duty or command. In the hymn, “Only Jesus,” by an author only identified by his or her initials: P. H. has given us what should be our supreme focus: “Only Jesus would I know, Jesus, only Jesus!  He’s my portion here below, Jesus, only Jesus! Things of earth are trifling toys, He my highest thought employs; He the spring of all my joys, Jesus, only Jesus!” Selah! His church and His work are very high priority; He, Himself, is the highest priority!  Ron

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