Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”

I truly desire to please God!  My “Vision” is to be more like Jesus.  The success of my “Vision” depends on two areas – My Priorities & Focus – and these must be developed!

Developing a proper focus to promote the success of our “Vision” is critical.  Maintaining it is compulsory.

Maintaining our Biblical Focus requires…

  1. Direction

I have shared my “Vision” throughout this series. Since all spiritual “Visions” that are in harmony with the Father point to the Son, it would make sense that we consider Christ’s invitation…

Matthew 4:18-19 (KJV) “And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Emphasis Added).

Jesus is not only God’s Gift to the world, He is also God’s Will Made Manifest to the world.  If we ever wondered what desire the Father had in mind when He designed mankind, the Answer is Jesus! This being true, we must continue to “Focus” on Jesus to receive the proper and precise direction we need.

Hebrews 12:2 (KJV) “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Two men looked out from prison bars. One saw mud, one saw stars.” In the pursuit of the fullness of human life, everything depends on this frame of reference, this habitual outlook, this basic vision which I have of myself, others, life, the world, and God. What we see is what we get.” — Fr. John Powell, in Through Seasons of the Heart.

Keeping our “Focus” on Jesus gives us…

  •  Stability

Hebrews 11:27 (KJV) “By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.” (Emphasis Added).

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    On day six of the ill-fated mission of Apollo 13, the astronauts needed to make a critical course correction. If they failed, they might never return to Earth. To conserve power, they shut down the onboard computer that steered the craft. Yet the astronauts needed to conduct a thirty-nine-second burn of the main engines. How to steer? Astronaut Jim Lovell determined that if they could keep a fixed point in space in view through their tiny window, they could steer the craft manually. That focal point turned out to be their destination–Earth.
As shown in 1995’s hit movie, Apollo 13, for thirty-nine agonizing seconds, Lovell focused on keeping the earth in view. By not losing sight of that reference point, the three astronauts avoided disaster.
Scripture reminds us that to finish your life mission successfully, “Fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith”. — Stephen Nordbye, in Fresh Illustrations for Preaching & Teaching (Baker)

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Keeping our “Focus” on Jesus gives us…

  • Security

1 Peter 2:21 (KJV) “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:” (Emphasis Added).

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   When I was in the marines, the training for commandos included cliff assaults. The theory was that a commando raid should be a surprise, done as quickly and as silently as possible on the area with the lightest defenses. The lightest defense is at the point where attack is least expected. More often than not, it was the cliffs.
We would come close to the cliff in our small boats and fire one rocket up through the darkness. Attached to the rocket was a grapnel. Attached to the grapnel was a light rope. When the rocket landed on top of the cliff, the grapnel would lie on the grass. We would then pull it back gently until it caught on something. We hoped it caught on something secure.
We had expert climbers. Those guys were like spiders. They would get out of the little boat onto the seaweed-strewn rocks and scale those cliffs in the dark hanging onto this thin, little rope that was on the end of a grapnel they hoped was hanging onto something secure.
A bigger rope trailed behind them. Below, we held onto the rope. When the climber got on the top, he would secure the rope he’d taken up and then give two little tugs on it. The minute the two little tugs came, we jumped out of our boats, cold and wet on the waves and rocks. We would scale the cliffs. It was a hairy experience, except we had utter confidence in the one who’d gone before us. We had utter confidence in the security of the rope he had fastened for us.
You could imagine my delight when I discovered that Jesus is called “the one who has gone before,” or in the Greek, the “prodromos.” The prodromos was a person who headed a patrol in military maneuvers. He was the one who went ahead and made sure the way was open. I rejoice to tell you that many times we’d find ourselves totally secure on those cliffs because of the utter reliability of the skilled climber. — Stuart Briscoe, “Handling Your Insecurities,”

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Keeping our “Focus” on Jesus gives us…

  • Support

Romans 8:31 (KJV) “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Emphasis Added).

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   During World War I, a British commander was preparing to lead his soldiers back to battle. They’d been on furlough, and it was a cold, rainy, muddy day. Their shoulders sagged because they knew what lay ahead of them: mud, blood, possible death. Nobody talked, nobody sang. It was a heavy time.
As they marched along, the commander looked into a bombed-out church. Back in the church he saw the figure of Christ on the cross. At that moment, something happened to the commander. He remembered the One who suffered, died, and rose again. There was victory, and there was triumph.
As the troops marched along, he shouted out, “Eyes right, march!” Every eye turned to the right, and as the soldiers marched by, they saw Christ on the cross. Something happened to that company of men. Suddenly they saw triumph after suffering, and they took courage. With shoulders straightened, they began to smile as they went. You see, anything worthwhile in life will be a risk that demands courage. — Gordon Johnson, “Finding Significance in Obscurity,”

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Keeping our “Focus” on Jesus gives us…

  • Spirit

Ephesians 4:1 (KJV) “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,” (Emphasis Added).

Hebrews 3:1 (KJV) “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;” (Emphasis Added).

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   When the New York Yankees were the dominant team in major league baseball, the manager would say to the rookies, “Boys, it’s an honor just to put on the New York pinstripes. So, when you put them on, play like world champions. Play like Yankees. Play proud.”
In similar fashion, the apostle Paul is attempting to inspire and to motivate the believers at Philippi by challenging them to walk worthy of the name by which they are called. — Bill Hybels, “The Certainty of Suffering,”

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Keeping our “Focus” on Jesus gives us…

  •  Steadfastness

Psalms 123:1-2 (KJV) Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.  Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us” (Emphasis Added).

Acts 7:55 (KJV) “But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,” (Emphasis Added).

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   When my daughter Katie was small, she worried about falling off the changing table. Twisting her head so that the end of the table was right in front of her eyes, she would cry, “I fallin,’ Mama! I fallin’!” When my reassurances would fail, I’d say, “Don’t look at the edge. Look at Mama.” As her focus shifted to my face, she would become peaceful.
   I, too, know the temptation to “look at the edge” when unpredictable or difficult times arise. Again, and again, God must remind me, “Look at Me, daughter. Don’t look at the edge.” How sweet it is to lift my eyes to meet His faithful and loving gaze and know peace in the midst of turmoil. — Nita Landis, Willow Grove, PA.  Today’s Christian Woman, “Heart to Heart.”

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So, how will we realize our “Vision?”  The answer is simple…

 

F    Fixing
O   Our
C   Concentration
U   Upon the
S   Savior