Summary: If we focus on the things around us and lose our focus in the matters that are really important, we may lose our souls, as well.
We are going to be addressing a subject that is unscriptural,
in name, but spiritually relevant in every other way.
A. Though the word, “focus” does not appear in the
Bible...........the practice of focusing certainly does.
1. We, as Christians.....must stay in focus.
a. satan tries.....constantly to throw our
1.) This is what Christ was addressing
when He gave the parable of the
sower in Matt. 13:18-23......
18“Therefore hear the parable of the sower: 19“When
anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not
understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches
away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received
seed by the wayside. 20“But he who received the seed on
stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately
receives it with joy; 21“yet he has no root in himself, but
endures only for a while. For when tribulation or
persecution arises because of the word, immediately he
stumbles. 22“Now he who received seed among the thorns
is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and
the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes
unfruitful. 23“But he who received seed on the good
ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who
indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some
sixty, some thirty.”
We have a mission to perform.....a mission given to us
A. Our mission is salvation.
1. Our own salvation.
a. Based on us “working out our own
salvation”....not by works that we dream
up, but by doing what God has
commanded us to do.
b. Based on our study and understanding
of God’s Word.
c. Based on how we treat or don’t treat
those around us.
2. Salvation also includes the salvation of others.
a. We have not simply been placed on this
Earth so that we can be saved.....with
no regard to others.
1.) Part of our mission is the same as
Christ’s mission......to seek and
guide to salvation, those souls that
a.) This means that we must be
.....not only WILLING TO...
but be ACTIVE IN....bringing
lost souls to Christ.
B. This mission is the most important thing that must
be done in the Kingdom.
1. satan knows this.....as lord of this world, satan
can and will overwhelm us with the things of
this world so that we will fail in our mission.
As Christians, we must stay focused on our mission.
A. Easier said than done.
1. The things of the world don’t appear to be
drawing us away from our mission.....they
don’t look evil (and many times they aren’t
a. However........there are only so many
hours in a day and only so many days in
our lifespan........it is absolutely vital
that we use up these hours and days in
fulfilling our mission.......NOT IN
BECOMING INVOLVED IN THAT
WHICH NOT MATTER IN
Now that we know what is being addressed......let us look
at some ways in which we can loose “focus” and some
things which will help us bring things back into spiritual
I. Areas in which we are thrown off spiritual focus.
A. No deep, spiritual root in the things of God.......
he has not made these things “his own”......
conformed, but not convicted.
Matt. 13:21 - 21“yet he has no root in himself, but endures
only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises
because of the word, immediately he stumbles.
1. It doesn’t take a lot of tribulation or
persecution to undo one who is only
B. Stubborn and closed spiritual eyes.....usually
closed because they DON’T want to understand.
Acts 26:16-18 - 16‘But rise and stand on your feet; for I
have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a
minister and a witness both of the things which you have
seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. 17‘I
will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the
Gentiles, to whom I now send you, 18‘to open their eyes, in
order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the
power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of
sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by
faith in Me.’
1. Christ sent the Apostle, Paul on a mission to
stubborn and closed eyes.
a. The Jews of his day thought that they
were right.....but they were really blind.
1.) Nobody can focus on the truth of
God if and when his eyes stubborn-
ly remain closed.
C. So many people.......within and without the
Church are unable to spiritually focus because
the bitterness, in their hearts, distracts from the
need in their lives.
Heb. 12:15 - 15looking carefully lest anyone fall short of
the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up