Summary: To stay focused in life and do the work God has entrusted us, we must constantly pose the questions of purpose and priority. We must do what is needful, and make time for God in solitude.
Mark 1:35-39 How to STAY FOCUSED in Life
What prevents us from living our life to the fullest? Distractions.
1. We lost sense of our purpose in what we are doing - gotten into a rut and not fully aware of what we are really trying to achieve.
2. We lost touch with our priorities - not clear what is really important; having distorted values of things.
A group of tourists was taken through a tour of the great cathedral of St. Peters in Rome. As the tour ended the guide asked if there were any questions. A voice from the back of the crowd asked, "Has anyone been saved here lately? Isn’t that the reason it’s here?"
That’s the million-dollar question. Isn’t that why we are here?
To proclaim the Gospel of Jesus so that at least some would be saved because of you?
How can I truly live my life to the fullest - making the best use of my time and without regrets?
From Mark 1 - reflecting on Jesus’ life - I find these 2 keys - purpose and priority.
To stay focused on the right track, we must constantly pose ourselves these 2 questions:
(1) the question of PURPOSE, and (2) the question of PRIORITY in all that we do.
And keep doing that - because we may not be distracted today, but can’t tell if we can remain so focused the next month...
LOOK AT JESUS in these few verses.
( I ) JESUS IS CLEAR ABOUT HIS PURPOSE
Therefore he isn’t swayed by Peter’s appeal.
• When you know your purpose, you’ll be able to NO to other demands
• It was in fact a noble demand - the people (most likely the sick, demon-possessed, and more...) - they are looking for Jesus’ help.
• To help the sick and weak is a good thing - the right thing to do. Yet Jesus said, "Let’s go..."
He said, "...so I can preach there also. That is why I have come." (v.38)
• What is this THAT here - preaching the good news of God (1:14-15)
• 15"The time has come. The Kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!"
You see, Jesus is not a faith healer. His primary mission isn’t to heal or impress.
• Our primary mission today is not to HEAL or have more healing campaigns, even tho’ it’s good
• Jesus’ mission, and our mission, is the redemption of souls, not bodies.
• Mt 10:28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
• Mt 16:26 What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?
• Mt 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Jesus is clear about His purpose; therefore He can say NO to other things.
Ours is a purpose-driven life. We NEED A CLEAR FOCUS.
Every believer must find out what it is that God wants him to do.
• God will not ask you to do everything.
• Paul says, “This one thing I do…” (Phil 3:13). Paul has a clear focus.
Can we clearly articulate our focus or purpose in life?
THE LION SHOW IN A CIRCUS
Someone said that the trainer goes into the cage of lions with a ship and a stool. He points the legs of the stool at the lions because it has been discovered that this confuses them.
In order for a lion to pounce, it has to focus on one point. When it sees 3 legs in front, it loses focus. This paralyzes the lion and it becomes tame.
Without a clear focus, we are incapacitated and we lose our passion.
Therefore we have to pose this question of PURPOSE regularly - in everything we do.
And align ourselves back onto the right path and invest our time in things that has eternal consequences.
Part of us wants to say to Jesus: "But Jesus, "how can you just drop them? These people love you! They want to experience your healing power. Why are you leaving them?"
• But HEARING God is more important than what the people say.
• Sometimes, saying ’yes’ to God means saying ’no’ to people.
There was a time in Pavarotti’s life when he wasn’t sure whether to be singer or a music teacher. So he asked his father, "Shall I be a teacher or a singer?"
His father replied, "Son, if you try to sit on two chairs, you will fall between them. For life, you must choose one chair."