Scripture has so much to teach us about our focus. For example, in the Old Testament, Israel would not totally focus on the LORD; instead they would from time-to-time focus on their enemies, the false gods of the neighboring peoples, or worse yet - decide not to obey God period. In each of these examples their focus was not where it needed to be.
In the New Testament, the theme of focus is taught on by Jesus, Peter, Paul, John, and James. Today we will spend just a moment looking at on one of the times that Jesus taught His first disciples about focus. Jesus taught His first disciples in Matthew 6:1-24 that a disciple's focus is not to be for the applause of the world when we pray; but rather our focus is on the Father. He also teaches that our focus is not holding on to grudges; but rather our focus should be on forgiveness. Our focus should not be on the treasures of this earth; but rather our focus should be on the treasure of heaven - JESUS.
The point is simple. When we focus on the applause of man (this world), holding on to grudges (this world), or the treasures of this world; we are in disobedience to the Father. However, when we focus on JESUS we are exactly where we need to be. Jesus says it best. "No one can be a slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot be slaves of God and of money" (Matthew 6:24).
(1) the Lassater community (Lake O' the Pines)
(2) the state of Washington
(3) the nation of Uzbekistan
(4) the continent of North America