Fighting Inward Focus

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I have given some thought on Terry Freed’s story of his recent visit to Sam’s Club.  The thrust of his message was, we cannot be inwardly focused as we go about our business.  There are hurting and lost people all around us, struggling because they don’t have Christ in their lives.  Struggling because they are trying to do life on their own.  Struggling because they trust themselves or the government for solutions.
 
I understand that, by nature, we tend to focus on the negative.  What are we missing out on during this lock-down?  What could we have done differently?  What should the government have done differently?  How long will my money last? The list can go on.
 
We are all handling this COVID-19 pandemic differently.  And that’s OK.  It’s OK because we all have different personalities, different coping skills, different family situations, and different resources.
 
But, the one thing we ALL have in common is that every one of us is created in GOD’s image, after His likeness, within His sovereign plan and will.
 
The book of Hebrews was written to encourage Christians in a time of trial.  It encourages us by focusing on the absolute supremacy and sufficiency of Jesus Christ.  So, when Ephesians 5:1 commands us to, “… be imitators of God, as beloved children”, I can only imitate Him by focusing on the sufficiency of Jesus Christ.  He is the “exact imprint” of God’s nature and the one who “upholds the universe by the power of his word”.  He has accomplished complete salvation for all who trust in Him and we dare not “neglect such a great salvation”.  That’s why Terry Freed’s message is so critical for these times.  That’s why I need to rely on the sufficiency of Christ.  That’s why I have to remember who I am in Christ, created in God’s image.  That’s why I need to remember who Christ is.
 
God describes Jesus as being greater than the angels in Hebrews chapter one.
 
“For to which of the angels did God ever say, ‘You are my Son, today I have begotten you'”?  “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”.  When Jesus came into the world, God commanded, “Let all God’s angels worship Him.”  Of the Son, God says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom.”  “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of Your hands; they will perish, but You remain; they will all wear out like a garment, like a robe You will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed.  But You are the same, and Your years will have no end.”
 
Hebrews chapter one finishes out by saying that the angels are “ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation.”  Not only is Christ greater than the angels, but believers in Christ as well.
 
Be encouraged because of Christ’s sufficiency.
Be encouraged because of Christ’s sovereignty.
Be encouraged because Christ laid the foundation of the earth.
Be encouraged because Christ holds the heavens in His hands.
Be encouraged because you are created in God’s image.
Be encouraged because God views you as greater than the angels.
Be encouraged because Christ holds you secure.
 
Dave Wood

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