Where is our Focus?

Cover of Grow in Grace, by Susan Preston

Having finally finished book 2 in the Apostle John series… I am so relieved. Although I love what I have learned in the process… it has been a concentrated effort.

In the last 3 months or so, I have  thought of little else. It really has, of necessity been a single-minded focus.

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Our Christian walk has to be that too… A single-minded focus. This world has so many enticing distractions. The pace of life has speeded up so much over the years.

Many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall increase… Dan 12: 4 b

Well, we certainly have learnt to run ‘to and fro’ in this generation.. .

At no other time in history could we have run to and fro so well, or so quickly.

modern transportWe have planes, cars, motorbikes, ocean liners and speed boats.

It is a far cry from when those words were penned by the prophet Daniel. Things had not changed much a few centuries later when Jesus and the apostles walked the land. Yes… walked. The only mention in the Bible of Jesus riding was when he rode into Jerusalem to be the Passover Lamb.

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation. Lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey. Zech 9: 9

(This was fulfilled on what Christians around the world call ‘Palm Sunday’.)

Leaving aside the many significances in this scripture… This was the only recorded time that Jesus rode… and I am pretty sure a fit man could have walked faster.

I did a great deal of research for the Apostle John series of novels, and saw that the apostles walked, or travelled by ship. Ships that were dependent on wind and tides, not like the high-powered sailing machines of today.

As they walked they could ‘think on these things’… they could see the wonders of God’s creation, ponder on them – and give thanks to God.

They had time to pray, at the start and end of their days and  as they travelled. Do we? Where is the time forPrayingHands prayer in our busy world?

Once a week at church? Daily?

It should be more actually…

Pray without ceasing 1 Thess 5: 17

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. Jas 1: 6

Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, Ephesians 6:18

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy Phil 1: 3,4

We are living in the time of ‘running to and fro’ and it is up to us to pause, appreciate, thank… not only God, the top of our list… but also those who are part of our lives.

too late

Do they know they are valued and appreciated in our lives? It is too late to eulogise over them when they are dead. They will not hear.

So, stop, even briefly, and look around. See what you are missing in this life you were given.

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Shalom,

Susan

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