Jan 01 8:07 AM

New Year, New You | Part 5 | One Focus

Jan 01 8:07 AM
Jan 01 8:07 AM

Monday, January 1, 2021

 

 

 

Hi everybody, Pastor Vince here. Thank you so much for joining me for this installment of life lifters. Life lifters are designed to give your life a lift through a five minute blast of encouragement and scripture. We've been talking about how to live a new life in the new year. New year, new you. Well, now it's the new year. So you have to put it into practice. Let me summarize what we've talked about already, giving you five important things to do. If you want the new year to lead to a new you, first you have to look above. You have to change your attitude. Second, you have to think right; you have to change your mentality. Third, you have to choose carefully, you have to or invest in the right relationships, or even change your relationships. Fourth, you have to dream big, and you have to focus on what God can do, because He's all powerful. And then today, I want to give you the fifth and final trait to have a New You in this brand new year. And that's this: have one focus. Successful people focus on one thing instead of 20 things. Unsuccessful people are always dabbling in a million different things. But focusing on one thing doesn't mean they don't have hobbies, it doesn't mean they don't do other things. It means their main focus in life is on one thing.

I want to talk to you about the most important thing you can focus your life on. It's the one focus I encourage all of you to have. The Apostle Paul tells us this in Philippians chapter three, verse 10. Paul says, "I want to know Christ, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of sharing his sufferings, becoming like Him in His death." Paul said, I have one focus. I want to know Christ above everything else. Paul wants to know Jesus Christ. You know, it's interesting, because in Christian parlance and Christian lingo, when you become a Christian you say, "I know Christ." Although yes, you do know Christ, and you have a personal relationship with him when you become a Christian, there's more to it. When you get married, you don't just know your spouse. You keep knowing more and more about your spouse. So how much more do we keep learning about Jesus Christ, who is God and is infinite? Paul says that he wants to know Christ. You can almost translate it this way, "I want to keep knowing more about Christ." That's the one focus Paul had. Paul said, "This one thing I do. I press on toward the goal for the prize for the high calling in Christ." (Philippians 3:13-14). He always said, My one focus is Jesus Christ.

So, as we have a brand new year, I want to ask you, is Jesus Christ truly your number one focus? Now, if you're not yet a Christian, I want to tell you that Jesus Christ has focused on you. Jesus Christ loves you. He's infinite, and He can focus on everybody equally. And if you don't know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you say, "Jesus Christ, I believe You're God and holy. I'm a sinner, I fall short. You died on the cross, and You rose again to make payment for my sin. Come into my life, and forgive me." If you do that, you can become a Christian, and then you can know Him. But for the rest of you who were already Christians, I want to ask, do you really make Jesus Christ your number one priority? Really? I'm encouraging you as this year begins, to make Jesus Christ your number one priority. If you make Him your number one priority, you will do the right things in life, you will choose the right things in life, you will have the right results in life, you'll have the greatest blessing in life, you'll have the greatest joy in life, and you'll be the best you in life.

The tricky thing is, this is very difficult to do all the time. So, how do you know Jesus Christ better? The text says, you want to know Christ through "the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings" (Philippians 3:10). What does that mean? The power of His resurrection is amazing joy. The fellowship of His suffering is amazing pain. You want to go through joy and suffering while knowing Christ, and you want to have scripture to encourage you in the joy and encourage you in the suffering. If you want to know Christ, know the Bible, because the Bible is the Word of God. "In the beginning was the Word the Word was with God and the Word was God" (John 1:1) and the Word of God is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the incarnation of the Bible. If you want to know Christ, if you want to know the Bible, get a good Bible reading plan, and make it your goal to study it to know Christ better.

Your single focus, your one focus this year: know Christ. I hope this week has helped you. Let's pray. Father, forgive us for not wanting to know You with a high enough urgency. Help us to want to know You above all else above anyone else above anything else. And I pray if there's anybody reading this who doesn't know You, I pray that they will give their life to You right now through faith alone. In You alone. Just say, "Jesus Christ. Put my complete faith in your death, burial and resurrection because You're God. Forgive me." And then you'll start the journey of knowing Christ. Father, help this year be the best year it ever has been for everybody reading and putting this into practice. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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