Honestly, I’ve been tempted to use this statement especially when I started my second blog in 2016.
But when I look at the prophets, the apostles, and above all, Christ Himself…I can’t find any support in scripture for this statement to allow it to be okay, especially…when looking at Christ.
Don’t get me wrong, I know it is hard to be completely focused on Christ one hundred percent of the time…because that’s our actual problem, right? We AREN’T always focused on Him, and therefore, it is tempting and easier to allow ourselves to be like, “Yeah, since I don’t always focus on Him, I’m still a Christian, but I can talk about other things.”
Please Note: I’m not saying we can’t talk about other things, rather, this is all about our focus. Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to always talk about Christ or at least always point to Him in everything we do because that is essentially our goal?
We’re human. We were born sinners. Our flesh every moment will fight and encourage us to not focus on Christ.
(NIV) Galatians 5:17, For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.”
To some reading, what am I pointing out may feel impossible, or that the topic isn’t a big deal.
There’s a couple of things I want to point out to help you understand my perspective.
- What if the Bible wasn’t focused on God or Christ?
- What if pastors just taught a sermon on purely fishing, no connection to help people see symbolism to Christ, the real fishing of men, or any scripture?
- What if worship services were about the people and not God?
- What if those who say they are Christian…aren’t?
Some of these things have happened and are happening in today’s world. People water down scripture. Shepherds (pastors) teach self-love, but not sanctification, holiness, and what it means to deny ourselves. Worship services often ARE about us, our feeling “connected” to God, but we’re not really singing to Him, or, even for Him sometimes.
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What if Christ, yep, I’m going there, what if Jesus decided not to talk about God when He had crowds around Him?
Or in the intimacy of His closest friends?
If Christ EVER made it about Himself…we wouldn’t be talking about Him now. Christian, hear me, we wouldn’t be able to see Him in our life now.
We are the problem, not Him.
It’s called being a lukewarm Christian, and the more Christians that openly defend their actions of backing away from the topic of Christ, the more people think it’s okay to drift between the two. Especially for those trying to defend it, understand this…we are to deny ourselves! It is not about us or what we want. It’s about what God wants!
(NIV) John 12:25, “Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”
WE ARE THE EXAMPLE TO THE WORLD!
(NIV) Matthew 5:14, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.”
There is no possible excuse I can come up with to defend myself when I’m not talking about Christ, and when I’m not focused on Him.
Christ had a limited time, so do I! Christ denied Himself because He was perfect. No, Christ was perfect BECAUSE HE DENIED HIMSELF!
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Well, I’m not perfect.
Through Christ, and only through Christ, I can become perfect. (Hebrews 12:14, 1 Peter 1:15-16)
I agree that we should be able through our actions to show that without saying His name, we are being Christlike. However, we should have Christ pouring out of us. In every way. It’s not the same showing the love of Christ and curse or take God’s name in vain in the same conversation. To proclaim the pureness of Christ and watch (partake in) profanity, nudity, gossip, judgment, etc. We need an active, living, walk with Jesus. We need to be clean. Anything not about Christ can become a trap/snare. It can distract us. It adds up!
It’s the most important relationship in our life. Above spouses. Above children. Above parents. Above friends. Above mentors. He is the most important. I don’t want to look back at my life, on my last day, and be like, “What was I doing?!”
I know it’s easy to say it’s nothing when we are “not always focused on Christ”. But seconds add up to minutes. Minutes, to hours, and hours to days. Years. Our life span.
It’s been about three or four times this past month I’ve seen Christian singers (in particular) use this excuse. To hide behind humanity. This concerns me with believers, but because so many singers had brought this up in the past month, I felt like I needed to talk about the issue.
Whatever we do in life, we can connect to Christ. If it isn’t sin, we can connect it to Christ. Sure, maybe the whole piece of what we do, a song, a recipe, a post, a picture, video, whatever…maybe the whole piece isn’t worship, but we could point to Him! Every moment in life we have that impacts an individual, it could be the only moment we minister to them, to show them the love of Christ. We show them who Christ is to us.
“You really should have seen me on Tuesday because Tuesday I was all about Christ. Today, eh, it’s not about Christ, it’s about my other interests.”
“Who Christ is to us,” where is He in our life? How often does He shine? How often do we point the spotlight to Him?
How do I live this as a blogger? How do I live this in my life?
Writing this is hard and convicting. It’s actually why I’ve been trying to be more focused on Christ. See Him in the littlest of things. Point to Him not only in the big but the small.
This isn’t a guilt trip. We all fall short. We all are not perfect. But I urge you and myself to be aware. Please, don’t push this aside.
Are we living a double life? Are we making our viewers see two lives? Christ is either present in our life, or He isn’t. We need to admit this and seek Him in everything.
If you feel convicted, don’t run from Him! All you have to do is draw closer, that’s all! The closer we draw to Him, the easier it is to give up the world.
I know the general Christian population does not always focus on Christ 100 percent of the time. But can you imagine how incredible it would be if we did? What kind of difference that would make? Or even if each day we drew a little closer than the day before.
We can all grow more!
(NIV) Matthew 10:32-33, “Whoever acknowledges Me before others, I will also acknowledge before My Father in heaven. But whoever disowns Me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.”
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Monthly Scripture: (NIV) Isaiah 40:31, “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
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