Pilgrimage OLS — Week Two #2
How is your focus in life these days? George Barna did a study of how Americans view themselves now and compared it with their view of themselves ten years ago. Here’s what he discovered. Ten years ago when someone was asked how they’re doing, they would say, Good. Now when asked, the reply is Busy. People are more concerned about the future now, more lonely, less happy, and many say they are in serious financial debt. The common description is stressed out. I believe that we are living in a blurry, out-of-focus world. What do I mean by that? I believe that truth and reality are often obscured and blurred out by meaningless things that strive for our attention. And though we do not realize it, we can lose focus. As a result, lose our way and fall into many snares that plague others who live in this blurry out-of-focus world.
In our ongoing study of Pilgrimage of the Heart, we studied the importance of focusing on Jesus on our journey. While many people pursue many things, we need to focus on the one thing in life – knowing our Lord. Paul said it this way, “I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord…” (Philippians 3:8 NIV). I love Philippians 3:8 in the Amplified – think through these words and ask yourself to make this your goal this year: “Yes, furthermore I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly]. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish (refuse, dregs), in order that I may win (gain), Christ (the Anointed One).”
We always want to progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with our Lord, understanding more fully and clearly in every season of our lives. Just think of it – the Lord desires an intimate relationship with you and with me. No matter what you are experiencing in your pilgrimage of the heart, always draw near to Him. He loves you. He has a plan for you that includes a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11). He will lead and guide you. He has unlimited mercy and grace to pour into your heart and soul, strengthening you for your journey on earth until you reach your grand destination: heaven.
Your assignment for this coming week is to continue on in Pilgrimage of the Heart Week 3, Days 1-7.
♥ God bless you as you continue this great adventure of knowing Him!
What is God teaching you? What meant the most to you in your study of God’s Word this week in your quiet time?
- Title: Lifting Up My Eyes
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