F-O-C-U-S

All praise to our heavenly Father for ushering each of us into this new year, 2021. It is not by our own strength, nor by our intellect, nor even by our meticulous precautions, but by the unending grace of God that we have all been blessed with a new year. If 2020 taught us anything at all, it is that we, as mere humans, are limited in all our ways; we are but a breath (Isaiah 2:22). Life without Christ is meaningless!

As believers in Christ, I hope this past year has taught us that Christ should be our absolute focus in life. A trust in anything or anyone other than Christ is a call for disappointment. A general theme for my family this year is a laser-focus on Christ, so I came up with an acrostic for the word FOCUS that I’d like to share with you. Hopefully, this will encourage you to generate one for yourself for your reference throughout the year. Let’s dive in:

F – Fix your eyes on Jesus. Hebrews 12:2 admonishes us to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith.” With Christ being our ultimate focus, it is prudent for us to orient our gaze toward Him.

O – Occupy yourself with the things of God. Invest your time, resources, and abilities in things that bring glory to God. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)

C – Christ should be the center of it all. It is not about you, but about Christ. Do not be self-centered and try to fit God in somehow. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)

U – Understand the reason for your Christ-centeredness. Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) We must understand that without Christ, life has no meaning.

S – Saturate yourself in God’s presence throughout the year. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 encourages us to “pray continually,” and Colossians 3:1-2 compels us to set our hearts and minds on things above where Christ is. Be empowered by prayer and be eternally minded in all your ways!

This new year my prayer is for you to have a radical passion for the One who is the Lord of your life. Focus on Him so much that you are immovable even in these unprecedented times. We don’t know what is yet to come; but with Christ as our focus, there is no cause to panic. Stay focused, friends!

By George Donkor

George, and his wife, Christiana are proud parents of Annajoy and Elijah. Immanuel has been home for them since 2006, where they serve in the iKids Ministry and are members of the Connect group.

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