Keep Your Eyes On Jesus/ Staying focused

I Cor 9:27, “but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.” John 4:15, “The woman said to Him, ‘Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.’ 16He said to her, ‘Go, call your husband and come here.’ 17The woman answered and said, ‘I have no husband.’ Jesus said to her, ‘You have correctly said, “I have no husband”; 18for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.’”

It is a fight, a discipline, to keep the mind on Jesus.

One can imagine that the hot topic of the day would have been all the husbands this woman had. However, Jesus brings it up, lets her know that He knows, kills the topic, and moves to the real topic. In short, her topic, to the Master, was boring. We hate to say it, but it is true; your life of sin is boring. Really, really, boring. He is actually tired of the topic, and can you blame Him? If I had to think of you all day, I would be bored, too. A man was telling me of his truly horrific childhood, and really, those who participated in his pain deserve death. However, at the end, I asked the question, “How many counselors have you told this story to?” His answer, “Oh, there have been very many, since I am trying to get in touch with my pain!” At that, I responded, “Boring! All Boring!” I really meant it. If rolling in the past helped, he would have been helped years ago. In reality the past was keeping him from a glorious NOW! I see clearly what Paul means when he says that he “disciplines his body.” It is not discipline as the legalists see it, for holiness is something given, not worked for. Instead, it is a discipline of not letting the center of one’s life shift from Jesus to something else. The flesh is amazing in its attempt to have control. It will use even the TV. All I have to do is watch a report that I don’t agree with, next I am thinking that I know better, and the end result is a self-centered Mike, not a Christ-centered Mike. All I have to do is think about being searched at the airport, think how stupid it is and what I would like to tell them, and the next thing that happens is I am in the flesh and not Christ-centered. I am getting bored with Mike. Really, really, bored. I can be repeating praise or going over condemnation, think of what was said or what could have been said, I can be avoiding sin or actively finding it, or I can be judging the carnality of others or participating in my own. The flesh doesn’t care, just so the focus is on it so it can remain alive. Think about how special you are or how ordinary you are, how intelligent or how stupid, or how spiritual or how carnal. Either way, the flesh reigns and our eyes are off the Beloved. It is a fight, a discipline, to keep the mind on Jesus. See? I am boring. I am bored with myself. I want to keep my eyes on Jesus. He is never boring. Anyway, how much do you really know about Him?

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