Are you living life on “Focal Point”?
Focal [foh-kuhl] of or pertaining to a focus.
Point [point] (n.) a particular aim, end, or purpose. (v.) to direct the mind or thought in some direction; call attention to. (There are some 90 definitions for point on Dictionary.com)
Last night I was thinking about looking for a book by Steve Farrar, Point Man. From what I recall, Point Man deals with men leading their families spiritually. After reading Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, “The Focal Point of Spiritual Power,” I think I will get it of the shelf.
…except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ… Galatians 6:14
Pay attention to the external Source and the internal power will be there. We lose power because we don’t focus on the right thing. The effect of the Cross is salvation, sanctification, healing, etc., but we are not to preach any of these. We are to preach “Jesus Christ and Him crucified” ( 1 Corinthians 2:2 ). The proclaiming of Jesus will do its own work. Concentrate on God’s focal point in your preaching, and even if your listeners seem to pay it no attention, they will never be the same again. (My Utmost for His Highest, November 25).
After reading this today, I have been challenged all the more to ask the Holy Spirit to fill me with His power. I want to lead my family and to lead everything I do in life by the power of the Holy Spirit. I know the cental message for the believer is the Cross of Christ.
I wrote in “The Most Powerful Force!“,
Sometimes I think we get so bent on doing the act of prayer that we forget God is the reason for the act. Sometimes we get so focused on so many other ”things” of God that we miss God in the process.
Oswald Chambers goes on to say, “…the focus tends to be put not on the Cross of Christ but on the effects of the Cross.” I don’t want to get lost in seeking answers to prayer over seeking God… getting to know God… growing in Him. I pray my focus stays on Jesus.