By Chad Bonham
“If you don’t keep your focus on God, you can easily fall into the temptations of this world.” – Brian Roberts, Former MLB All-Star Second Baseman
When people lose focus, bad things happen. Cars drift into the wrong lane. Answers to test questions fade from memory. Inappropriate comments slip off the tongue. Pedestrians aimlessly wander into oncoming traffic. Parents lose track of their children at the grocery store. And the list goes on.
In Brian Roberts’ case, losing focus led to a serious lapse in moral judgment. He took one single shot of steroids in 2003 and immediately realized he had done the wrong thing. From that moment on, Roberts stayed away from performance enhancing drugs, but was unfortunately implicated in a much larger scandal a few years later. His Christian witness took a temporary, but nonetheless painful hit.
“Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth.” – Colossians 3:2 (HCSB)
We all have trouble staying focused in different areas of our lives. But like Roberts found out, the one place that we can’t afford to get off track is in our relationship with God. When we get caught up in just doing life—work, family and even church—our focus can be diverted to things that don’t matter much at all. And sometimes that can open the door to worldly substitutes and moral failures.
But in Colossians 3:2, Paul reminds us that an eternal focus can keep us on the right track and protect us from the dangers of sin. It also exposes the things this world offers for what they are—nothing but distractions from God’s purpose for our lives. That purpose is to love God and to love those around us. It really is that simple.
1. What are some things that distract you from your relationship with God?
2. What are some steps you can take to eliminate those distractions?
3. How would staying more focused on God and His Word change your life?
For additional study on this topic read Isaiah 26:3, Romans 8:5 and 2 Corinthians 10:4-5.