Turn Your Attention and Focus on Jesus!

     "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:  That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life."  John 3:14, 15

     With the increasing popularity of the smartphone and other portable digital devices, distracted driving is fast becoming a major cause of traffic accidents and fatalities.  We're paying more attention to talking/texting/websurfing/checking emails while driving, but paying less attention to actually driving and keeping eyes on the road ahead. We can do a much better job of focusing on the main thing.  It is a matter of life and death that get focused and stay focused on the right thing at all times.

     Today's devotional thought reminds us that having a singular spiritual focus is a matter of eternal life and death.  Consider this powerful thought from the inspired pen:

     Throughout the camp of Israel there were the suffering and the dying who had been wounded by the deadly sting of the serpent. But Jesus Christ spoke from the pillar of cloud, and gave directions whereby the people might be healed. The promise was made that whosoever looked upon the brazen serpent should live; and to those who looked the promise was verified. But if anyone said: "What good will it do to look? I shall certainly die under the serpent's deadly sting"; if they continued to talk of their deadly wound, and declared that their case was hopeless, and would not perform the simple act of obedience, they would die. But everyone who looked lived....
    Our attention is now called to the Great Physician. "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." Just as long as we look at our sins, and talk of and deplore our wretched condition, our wounds and putrefying sores will remain. It is when we take our eyes from ourselves, and fasten them upon the uplifted Savior, that our souls find hope and peace. The Lord speaks to us through His Word, bidding us "look and live." "He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life."
    There is every reason why we should be encouraged to hope for the salvation of our souls. In Jesus Christ every provision for our salvation has been made. No matter what may have been our sins and shortcomings, there is a fountain open in the house of David for all sin and uncleanness. "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." This is the word of the Lord. Shall we accept it? Shall we believe on Him? - The Signs of the Times, April 2, 1894.

We are to keep our primary focus on the great sacrifice of Christ on the cross of Calvary.  He was literally lifted up on Golgotha hill to arrest our attention and shift our focus away from ourselves and the profane things of this world and onto Jesus Christ, the sinless Lamb Who takes away the sins of the world.  We are to contemplate the love of God and mercy of God revealed in Christ, and behold Him Who died as our Substitute for our sins.  Let us eliminate all distractions in our lives that take our focus off Christ and put all of our energies and focus into looking to Jesus always!

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