Our Real Focus
Be Strong, Be Well — Saturday, May 2
As we maneuver through this pandemic we are constantly reminded of our health and well-being, and that of others. By now we all know about social distancing, washing our hands, avoid touching our face, and wearing masks when in public, and if we’re sick, stay home. Our focus has become our health.
We need to be careful to remind ourselves of the real focus—Jesus Christ and our soul’s salvation. The gift of God’s Son is our greatest treasure, not health, not wealth, not our family, not even life itself.
In Matthew 13, Jesus told two short parables on the value of the kingdom of heaven. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it” (Matthew 13:44-46).
Both of these men were willing to give up everything they had to obtain the great fortune they found. There’s nothing more valuable than the gift of salvation God offers to us through Christ. Once we see this priceless treasure, it gives such great joy, we’ll spare nothing to make it our own.
There is a natural tendency for self preservation. It’s not wrong or sinful to want to live a long and healthy life. Perhaps Paul said it best in Philippians 1:21, 23, 24. “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain...For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you.”
We see how our physical life pales in comparison to the value of our soul and it’s destination in eternity. As long as Jesus delays His coming, we all will die. It may be from some dreaded virus, disease, or accident. We may pass from this life in our sleep. Until then, we must find the greatest fortune, and with eagerness and joy, sacrifice everything to obtain it.
Jesus tells us where we should be laying up our treasures—not on the earth, but in heaven. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).
Folks, to the best of our ability, let’s be cautious and avoid getting sick. But let’s not lose focus of our ultimate goal. May we continue to live a faithful, obedient life, keeping joyful, daily thoughts of heaven on our mind. —Chris