They zero in on that thing and make it bigger so that you can see it better and focus upon it. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. Do you believe that? "We have these treasures in jars of clay." But no roads or buildings have lasted forever, and none will. One bad business deal can bankrupt our company. We must focus on what we want to see! Focus Pray I’m going to be reading to you from . We are children of the light! For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. I. As with binoculars, we must zero in our focus on that which is most important in our lives. I. Vs. 16: He was wasting away. Only since 1948 has there been a modern-day Israel in place, modeling so much of the Jewish heritage that shapes both the Old and New Testament. 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. Jesus is pointing out that all the things on this earth that we treasure are temporary, they are fragile, they don’t last. Before returning to Egypt for his "second half," Moses was "fined tuned" with a 40-year sabbatical. Prioritize God’s riches above the riches of the world. Give so we can employ and bless a healthy church staff. Their precious metals could tarnish, their fabrics could be eaten by moths, their herds could be stolen, their fields could be burned or suffer insect attack. You'll see a couple of players getting attention from a trainer. Paul would have known, more than we do, how fragile such vessels were. The Missionary Heart: Care more than some think is wise. I was called to him. If we set our attention on the things of God, the things of God will come our way. (Source: "Tiny Measurement Gives Big Boost to Planet Hunt," July 22, 2003, http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/features.cfm?feature=2). Not “a hundred things I start” or “a dozen things I attempt” – but “one thing I do” … But perhaps the pit crew analogy works best. First, Jesus says the light is the lamp of the body. Thank you for investing in my life and spiritual well-being. Jesus is not instructing us this way in this passage because He wants to punish us. Andy Cook is the pastor of Shirley Hills Baptist Church in, Warner Robins, Georgia. Indeed, the Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Timothy 6:10, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” [on screen]. Illustration: It’s like when you wake up in the morning and you can’t see clearly because you have that gunk in your eyes. Now, this point is a bit more confusing, so let’s be careful to discern what Jesus is saying. The author intends to provide free resources in order to inspire believers and to assist preachers and teachers in Kingdom work. If you’ve not experienced that better way of life, you can do so starting today. These things could be taken from them. We can’t see that heaven’s promises are better than hoarding our possessions. About six months ago a friend gave me a copy of The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson, founder of Walk Through the Bible Ministries. Everything you can see is temporary. And they think about the second half of the game, and what they're going to do once play resumes. Among the obstacles? The person who can accept the imperfect nature of this life will be happier, healthier, and more productive. Your family. Instead, they take painstaking trouble to return each note to its optimum sound. Focus your heart on heavenly riches by taking these steps: Pray that God would help you desire His riches. Then, He gives us a picture of something much better. Don’t store up treasures on earth. With a car that can't win, or a piano that can't please, you'll get the message in short order! It’s not the rise of a larger number of secular people who don’t believe in God. We can’t see that sacrifice is better than selfishness. Jesus commands us to invest in heavenly things for ourselves. We must be focused in our living. Ask God to give you a heart for His riches. Sermon: Fine-tune Your Focus - 2 Corinthians 4. When we gain the things that God wants us to have, that’s a good investment! The treasures in heaven cannot be stolen. You might find your research for medical purposes easier with a simple turn of a microscope's sensitive dials. But losing focus on the finish line of your life's purpose could be fatal to your spiritual health, too. You have to keep your eyes straight ahead. And becoming a light in his culture's darkness (4:6). Whether you're at a literal halfway point in your life, or whether you're just feeling a need to reflect upon your "second half," the same practices would be of immense value. Well, let’s talk about this a bit. We must focus our spiritual eyes on the things of God, not the things of the world. Risk more than some think is safe. The greatest threat to Christianity is a lack of genuine godly living among those who profess to be Christians. Periodic updates on your computer won't re-create your hard drive. In other writings, Paul confesses his ongoing battle with temptation (Romans 7), his loneliness (2 Timothy 4:9-13), and his failing health (2 Cor. In 2005, only half of those who entered finished the race, and five people died, including two professional racers. The treasures in heaven are more abundant than all the tea in China. 1. Listeners of Jesus’ day would have identified greatly with this, probably better than us today because they didn’t have debit cards and savings accounts. Jesus said you cannot be completely sold-out to money and be completely sold-out to God. What is your focus in life - inward or God-ward? But let me give you some back ground on this first. We sometimes even have redundant … I draw your attention to the final statement that Paul writes in v5. Eternity isn't visible. Armed with instant communication tools, we can understand more about the words of the Bible than any generation of Christians in history. Do you know what the greatest threat is to Christianity? He says the things that we gather on this earth can be destroyed. Verse 9: He was persecuted, and struck down. In this chapter alone, he mentions the work of. The treasures in heaven are more satisfying than a glass of ice cold lemonade on a central Florida Summer day. . (show picture of chameleon on screen). For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. Or perhaps it's the surprising reflection found in a sweaty locker room, as a team refocuses on the job ahead. Give so we can maintain the wonderful facilities with which God has blessed us. We must live for God! Three Things To Focus On Instead Of Yourself Pastor Timothy Porter The Bridge Church Upstate Colossians 3:2 (NLT2) 2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. The hub of all that we are should be devoted to God and His ways. Such an instrument requires a vacuum-sealed chamber and the ability to focus within one tenth the width of a hydrogen atom. Don’t look … The treasures in heaven do not rust. The good news for someone dissatisfied with his or her own faith experience? Everyone has a choice in where we focus our lives. Is it on the physical (like Israel was), or on the spiritual (like Jesus Christ and the Apostles … So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. I believe that the implications for the devotion of our heart, the direction of our eye, and the way we live go far beyond money. (1 Corinthians 13). We're sorry, an error occurred. And perhaps that's one of the most important concepts of fine-tuning. Several more huddle with a particular coach and talk strategy. ©2002-2020 SermonIndex.net Promoting … A handful of people are known by the circle around them as people with "short fuses." God has taken hold of your life; your life purpose is to be satisfied in God and to glorify Him forever. Well, a lamp usually provides light. How sensitive? Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. In this teaching Dr. Jerry Savelle … Fine-tuning is rarely a noisy process, NASCAR pit crews excepted. To ensure you receive the best experience on Lifeway.com, we use cookies to process information about your visit. But what a battle it had been, to not lose heart! Jesus warns us explicitly against this. We must focus on the … For Paul, all of it was the "fine-tuning" process that happened every day. Church, we want to be full of light, not full of darkness. Everything we do is for their pleasure and they have dominion over us. When I lose sight of Jesus, I'm overcome by my stress, I tell you to keep your eyes on Christ because that is what allows me to be the person that I need to be when you focus on Jesus, … The treasures in heaven cannot be replicated. The feeling of … At 54, Bailey had to talk his way into the race, spend $300,000 for his custom-built car, and line up with 1,400 other competitors for the 7,000-mile race. In all cases, fine-tuning deals with what is already there. But in that same environment is ample evidence of the unseen. 19 “Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. There are other ways that we can store up treasures in heaven. 16)." We can’t see that generosity is better than greed. Free shipping on books, Bibles, gifts, VBS, and church supplies of $50 or more. Give your life to Him and see how He can change your life forever! The trees may have been there for decades, even hundreds of years. Remember the binoculars? Choose the right finish line. However, if you've ever been in a football locker room at halftime, you know such speeches are few and far between. It had been a difficult journey, to say the least. Give it to a church that seeks to glorify God and attain a vision worthy of giving towards. If your church disappoints you, the Great Commission remains. Give so we can reach new people and continue to grow. Give so we can develop disciples who love God, love the church, and love others. Follow the example of Paul, the most focused man the first generation of Christians ever knew. Some of us don’t really treasure heaven and our lives reflect it. That sounds selfish. Here’s the key, we must be focused on God and His ways first and foremost. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. You and I are in a race, though Paul's racing analogies in Philippians 3:13-14, and 2 Timothy 4:7, probably weren't those that would include a NASCAR pit crew. But you all know what a tradition he is at Notre Dame. So, also, in our spiritual eyes, we must clear out the gunk so that we can see clearly and focus clearly on where we’re going. He says we cannot be devoted to two masters. Whenever we go out in this season we’re reaching for our masks and gloves to protect ourselves from an invisible virus. And once they were broken, there was no possible repair. The treasures in heaven are not affected by the price of a gallon of milk, the price of a gallon of gasoline, or the current minimum wage. By the end of the experience, Bailey wasn't talking so much about the finish line he'd missed, as the finish line he'd misinterpreted. Sandstorms in the Sahara Desert, civil strive, bandits, and land mines. He first shows us this picture of the frailty of possessions on earth which we are prone to treasure. When Paul wrote his church in Corinth, he took a moment to reflect on his own life and ministry. That’s numbers chapter 13. You know, church, I often hear from people or read things about the concern of the dying of Christianity in America and other parts of the world. Tonight we will be studying Buddhism. Our bodies, Paul was saying, have a one-shot chance at fulfilling our spiritual purpose before becoming cracked, broken, and unusable. Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. And the last thing he said to me: 'Rock,' he said, 'sometime, when the team is up against it, and the breaks are beating the boys, tell 'em to go out there with all they got and win just one for the Gipper.'". This letter was written by Southern Baptist Missionary to Iraq, Karen Watson, prior to leaving for the Middle East. Jesus says that something’s gotta give. So, invest all that you want in heavenly riches! The body looks familiar, but the twinkle in the eye, the laughter, the very spirit of the person you loved, is very much not there. Store up more treasures! More than likely, with such examples laying before us in Scripture, you'll need some time and solitude, too. In today’s passage, He challenges us by showing us how a follower of God is supposed to live in relation to money and possessions. Ronn Bailey made the sports headlines in 2005 when he became the first amateur American to enter the Dakar Rally, the longest, most dangerous off-road race in the world. So many people seem so frustrated by the imperfections of their surroundings, simply because they haven't grasped the fact that life is going to be filled with imperfections. The treasures in heaven are more faithful than the morning sunrise. So God told Moses to send 12 men into the promise land to … The heart is the center of our being. I wasn't called to a place. It's critically important to realize that Paul had no intention of being saved day by day. David became the greatest king in Israel's history, but if you'll look closely at the story, you'll see that his core group was initially made up of people in distress, in debt and discontented. (Philippians 1:18). Jesus often withdrew to the quiet places, for the specific purposes of prayer and reflection. For five days they lived on one day's worth of water, and a single sack lunch. Our possessions can be wiped away by a hurricane. Perhaps it’s an improper devotion to something like possessions, or politics, or power. He’s so much greater than the best the world has to offer. And spiritually? Be bold and preach the life-saving, life-changing, forever-eternal gospel. Our heart should be devoted to heavenly things. Some of us may be tempted to think that it’s not ok for us to invest in things that are for our personal benefit and gain. We can’t see that the divine is better than our dollars. This little book is all about a forgotten man of the Bible named Jabez and his amazing prayer. Two: We must begin to see the big picture. Limit the distractions. In a very few pages Bruce Wilkinson explains how to pra… If your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light. Jesus comes right out of the gate talking about worldly treasures. 4:16). Here in these verses is our focus for 2020; our call is to encounter the glory of God. God can change your heart, so ask Him to help you do so. The benefits of such microscopic fine-tuning are limitless, and include the possibility of identifying distant planets that sustain life. As we know, Jesus is continuing His sermon on the mountainside and He is showing us how a genuine follower of God is supposed to live. You can’t be a good husband to two wives, you can’t be a diehard fan to two college football teams, you can’t have two favorite movies, you can’t be devout in two different religions, and you can’t be devoted to two masters. They get plenty to drink. He wants us to see what true riches are. To re-build during the race is to commit to losing the race. ", (Source: "The Pursuit of Extreme Happiness," Eilene Zimmerman, CNNMoney.com, Nov. 15, 2005.). We collect money every week at our church. Don't allow your focus to drop from the great command to the great complaints. If you're racing toward Dakar in a 7,000-mile endurance test, losing focus on the correct finish line could cost you your life. Imagine an astronaut standing on the moon, 250,000 miles from earth, smiling for the camera. Paul says this: "… Inwardly we are being renewed day by day." We come up with contingency plans in case we are late for a flight. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. Ask a racing team with a missing pit crew, or play a piano that hasn't been fine-tuned in a while. His salvation had been settled outside the Damascus Gate, as soon as he recognized Jesus as "Lord." You might put on a pair of glasses to help bring the morning paper into focus. We can’t have our eyes going in two different directions. Notice this about a cemetery, in particular. Get it out so you can see! In ancient culture, an oil lamp would provide enough light to see where one is going. Karen was killed, along with four other missionaries, on March 15, 2004. Three: We can set our sights on eternity. Please see below for details. Sermon: HOW TO KEEP YOUR FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS #10 Series: EMPOWERED BY GOD TO FOLLOW YOUR DREAM (Nehemiah) Dr. Chuck McAlister (Nehemiah 6:1-14) INTRO:-- Several … Behind every support specialist, Bible study editor, graphic designer, and accountant is a Sunday School teacher, kids volunteer, or small group leader. We must be devoted to God and His good gifts. Second, Jesus talks about our eye being healthy or bad. Instead, David worked with an imperfect team, helped them focus on their purpose, and became the greatest king in Israel's history. The message for folks with short fuses? If your plan hits a snag along the way, your mission is to stay the course, especially if you're confident God has directed your path. Today we want to look at three areas of our spiritual focus. Need a little fine-tuning of your own focus? First, let me focus your … I make no apologies for asking you to give to our church and to our vision because I believe you are making investments in the kingdom of God and you are storing up for yourself treasures in heaven. Renouncing secret and shameful ways (4:2), Preaching for God's glory, and not his own (4:5). In plain terms, that's about one millionth of the width of the thickest human hair. Dream more than some think is practical. We can’t see the vision that God has given us as Christians and as churches because we’re too focused on the American dream and achieving some conjured up vision of what it means to be successful. And most certainly, the person you may have loved greatly is unseen. Where's your focus when times are bad? It implied that their focus … You know, the thing with looking at something with binoculars is that you can often see the thing without binoculars, but binoculars help you focus on that thing. The only way Paul had managed to keep fighting was to sharpen his focus, every day. Therefore we do not lose heart. And when you find the answer, you'll have all the motivation you need to play your heart out, in the second half. If a friend, a child, or a spouse disappoints you, love will still remain the greatest attribute within your control. Look at verses 22 and... . Create “Layers” of Focus. Paul said “this one thing I do” a. On this first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, let's consider where our focus is. Whatever it is, get the gunk out! We experience this today but in a different way, right? Today let’s see if we can improve our spiritual eyesight and read the bottom line. The treasures in heaven are kept safer than all the gold in Ft. Knox. Keep raising up fine young pastors. You cannot serve both God and money. Instead, the course corrections will be made in very small, safe increments. We see it and then we go that way, or we see something and then we get it. We’re not collecting something that’s evil, at least not on purpose! The fragment "Where Is Your Focus? But no tree last forever. Jesus has changed your life, so focus on Him and His ways! Finally, someone arrived with some gas, and Bailey was on his way again. Whether you're trying to find a planet that's trillions of miles from earth, or simply trying to read the morning newspaper, the benefits of fine tuning your focus are obvious. Make more of an investment! "It was long before your time. He says, “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.”. https://fbcbartow.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/01202019.mp3. [on screen]. How can our bodies be full of light and darkness? The treasures in heaven do not spoil. The treasures in heaven cannot be affected by market trends. It took six years of work, but scientists at Jet Propulsion Laboratory have created the world's most sensitive telescope. Our focus always determines what we see. The Bible tells us to taste and see that the Lord is good. Perhaps it’s some sort of intake in your life like television, music, or internet. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify … Though he trained hard for the race, Bailey and his co-driver immediately ran into a sandstorm, and shortly thereafter, ran out of gas. In reality, the locker room can be a quiet place. Perhaps it’s an addiction to drugs, or acceptance, or some sort of sexual sin. We must have our eye set to the things of light. Well, again, it’s all about seeing correctly and aiming for what we want. If we keep our focus on Christ—not specifically on gaining a deeper life for ourselves or on reaching the millions—there will be this balance. The treasures in heaven are imperishable, undefiled, unfading, and they are kept in heaven for you. That's really just the way life works. If you never allow your focus to change, you will never see God's view through Jesus' eyes. To discover that life isn't going to be perfect is to make one of the most important steps toward maturity, and productivity. We must catch this, church: money is not evil. What happens if we don't give attention to the daily nature of the fine-tuning process? You will love the one and hate the other or you will be devoted to one and despise the other. One of the most important things to remember right now is to preserve the work . Before we go somewhere we look at where we are going. In regards to any service, keep it small and simple. In the passing of the baton from Elijah to Elisha, … If we are setting our focus on the things of God, we will go for the things of God. 24 “No one can serve two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. We are satisfied with the treasure of the earth instead. And of course, a pilot doesn't attach new wings during flight. . For more information, see our Privacy Policy. One: We need to focus on the present. . He was starting churches, spreading the message, and helping form an organized theology for the first-century church. Drawing closer to God is a primary way to maintain spiritual focus. So, how do we fix our focus? Expect more than some think is possible. I tried to share my heart with you as much as possible, my heart for the nations. Now, many of your translations say mammon, you might say, “What is mammon?” Mammon is a Syriac term (Syriac is an ancient language used by some of the early Christians), which refers to riches, gain, prosperity, possessions, or money. Or perhaps it's a pair of contact lens, to help with the driving. Give glory and honor to our Father. It’s not the spreading of other religions. "I know now that Dakar is not a race," he said. It goes down as the most famous halftime speech of all time, when Knute Rockne looked his Notre Dame football players in the eye and challenged them to win the game for George Gipp, a former player who had died of pneumonia. Perhaps it’s some friends that you have. The buildings and streets appear rock-solid. Paul may have focused on the unseen, but the things he could see were dominating his Day-Timer. "We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen," he wrote to the Corinthians. Yet, we don’t always see them as treasures. You rub your eyes, you blink a few times, you clear up your eyes so you can see. We are not spiritual chameleons! Instead, they add to or change minute portions of your existing computer programs on a regular basis. "It's a test of a man's character. In the post 3 Ways to Having More Faith, I wrote that we have to keep … Customer Service Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CT Monday - Friday Phone: 1-800-458-2772. CSB Holy Land Illustrated Bible (Hardcover), Discover the Hope You're Looking for In God's Word, by Andy Cook on Wednesday, January 01, 2014 at 7:00 AM. Most of the time in our lives we focus on what to do if things go wrong. * Indicated Required Field See our Privacy Policy. Ours is the first generation of Christians to have easy access to multiple translations of the Bible, and endless study helps to understand the ancient words. Point of application? We must focus our eye on the right thing so that our heart will be focused on the right thing. Sermon Illustrations: Focus If you look at something while driving, you tend to steer off the road. We'd love to hear from you. Here’s the great thing: when it’s heavenly things, we can invest all that we want for our own gain. To focus on the Word of God is to have the Son of God brought more into focus. The purpose of this amazing telescope - called the Microarcsecond Metrology Testbed, is to search for the tell-tell movements of earth-sized planets that might be orbiting around stars in distant galaxies, all tens of light years away. Money itself is a gift of God. We must store up treasure in heaven. Jesus is going to give us three areas of focus that we can focus upon this morning. Our wallets can be stolen, our laptops can have coffee spilled on them, our phone screens can be broken. Paul's eyes were on "eternal glory," even as he tackled several worthy goals in his present life. Money can be used for the glory of God. He says to treasure the things that are in heaven. Don’t make earthly possessions your treasure. There are longer fuses available, and the rest of us really need you to get one! Jesus says that you cannot serve God and money. We must have our spiritual eyes going in one direction, and they better be focused on God, or we will be full of darkness. The three choices we have are: upward, outward and inward. Binoculars help you see something that is far away. Heaven is unseen, and so is hell. The word direct in the Greek means "to be straightened fully." Set your eye towards the good, set your eye toward God, and be filled with light. It doesn’t say, for instance, that the rich man as evil or … This process requires a bit of time, some space, and a safe place for reflection. Jesus is so concerned with where we set our attention and direction that He says it will affect our entire lives. Put your focus on Jesus and he’ll solve that problem. And people? You know what a chameleon is, don’t you? Find answers to some of the more asked questions. Yes, simply, just preach the gospel . During the race, the goal would never be to re-build or replace an engine, but rather, to fine-tune the car. The treasures in heaven are so much better than the things on the earth. This verse reminds me of the chameleon eyes again. To obey was my objective, to suffer was expected, his glory my reward, his glory my reward. Develop your prayer life. Find some space, take some time, and ask the big questions about your life's significance. But I stop by to tell you this morning that all you have to do is put your focus on Jesus. The letter was dated March 7, 2003. Ever since that day he had been in the process of discipleship, growing slowly and steadily with his study of the scripture, his questions of more mature believers, and with his own experiences of sharing his story. These are binoculars. Keep sending missionaries out. For the grief-stricken, God may be very present to those who believe in Him, but He is, of course, unseen. Let’s live that way! (4:7) Pottery is good for a season, but eventually, broken. I love you two and my church family. The reproduction, or distribution of this message, or any portion of it, should include the author’s name. Paul wrote Philippians 3:13b-14. Where is Your Focus? In our context, we can think of the eye showing us where to go, as it sets the direction for where we are going. But all of it, he said, was based on his finish line in eternity. Go out there and get as much money as you can and use it for the glory of God. This telescope, say the scientists, could tell us if she were wiggling her pinky! Fine-tuning is required, but so is a fine attitude, right from the start. When God calls there are no regrets. Sermon: Fine-tune Your Focus - 2 Corinthians 4 Introduction. The power of the parable lies in what it doesn’t say. 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