But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.
Written by: Jimmy Leaf
We have all heard the adage “life is what you make of it.” This is only partially true, but there’s still a good lesson in there. “Life is what you focus on” would probably be a better way to put it. Jesus understood this human concept and urged us to focus on “doing good and expecting nothing in return.” He wants us to turn our gaze toward Him and focus our intentions on glorifying Him. If we follow through on these actions, our lives will change.
This is counterintuitive to what our culture tells us, but so was Jesus! When we focus on glorifying Jesus, our world changes—the grass is greener, the sunrises are prettier, and we begin to judge situations based on the eternal versus the temporal.
As Paul was in prison, he wrote Philippians 1:9-18:
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.
We know that Jesus is completing His good work in us so that our faith may mature and be complete. This is when faith becomes a verb and our actions leave a legacy that glorifies God through generations.
Thought of the day: Focusing on Jesus begins with practice. Today, I encourage you to selflessly make at least one person feel loved.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You for the many blessings You have given me! I pray You focus my gaze upon You so that my actions bring blessings to those I am around. Grant me peace and wisdom today. Amen.