What is Your Focus
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)
I. Like a magnifying glass our focus gives us the ability to magnify whatever we choose to magnify.
II. Is our focus on finding or being? Matthew 5:3-16
“3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
A. What will we do when we find?
B. What are we becoming?
C. Whatever we look for we will find! What we magnify will be multiplied. Seek and we shall find.
III. Single eye versus evil eye.
“22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23)
A. What we see is what we become.
1. Scripture recommends not to lay our treasures up on earth, but rather to store our treasure in heaven. Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:19-21
“19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)
2. Our investment in the Kingdom of God is more meaningful and secure than anything this world has to offer.
B. Make sure that your eye is good (single) not bad (evil).
1. See God and His will as more valuable and precious than this world and its ways and treasures.
2. When our eye feeds our heart good, we are full of light.
3. When our eye feeds our heart evil, even the light we think we see is darkness.
4. When we are in darkness, we really are sleepwalking, serving the world and its ways without even knowing it.
C. Corrie Ten Boom made a decision to do things God’s way in spite of her emotions and circumstances.
1. She experienced the power of forgiveness, His’ kingdom.
2. She said,“ I couldn’t forgive him until I prayed for Jesus to help me.” Then Corrie said the forgiveness flowed out of her and her cold blood turned warm as she reached out and shook the hand of the guard who abused her in the concentration camp.
3. She said, “At first all I could see was his terrible abuse and my family members that had died at his hands. But then I prayed and made a decision to forgive and that’s when I felt the joy and the power of forgiveness.”
IV. How about you today?
A. What is your focus?
B. Do you need to change your perspective, the way you see things?
C. Only the pure at heart will see God. Is your heart pure? Matthew 5:8
” Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8)
D. Today will you ask Jesus to give you the power to forgive and to see like He sees.