Be Focused and Disciplined

One problem I often have is that I try to do too many things.  There are truly opportunities and possibilities all around us.  But I’m learning that taking every opportunity and pursuing every possibility practically means that I will not excel within any of the opportunities and possibilities.  When we spread ourselves too thin, we cannot give our best work to any of the things which we’re doing.

Instead, we need to be all about doing those few things which God has called us to.  We need to be focused on doing the will of God.

This will never be an easy task, but it will be a worthwhile one.  We’ll never be perfect at it, but we are to strive for it.  As Paul wrote,

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Php 3:12-14)

Although I must be focused and disciplined in my pursuit of doing the will of God, I can also rest in the fact that “Christ Jesus has made me his own.”  I am His, and He will never let me go.  So I pursue doing His will not out of resentment or as a means to earn “the prize,” but out of joy, knowing that Christ has already earned the prize for me.


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