Keep Your Focus
Keep Your Focus
This past weekend we celebrated a significant day in the life and history of the church. We celebrated what is known as Pentecost, the day when the Holy Spirit came down on those waiting in the upper room and the church as we know it was born.
Ps Fabian spoke a phenomenal word this weekend about keeping your focus, and in his message, he talked about three things that can help us keep our focus, namely: Shutting out the noise, steadying your thoughts and settling your fears. He also said that as followers of Jesus, we do not live according to the prevailing conditions, but we live out of the position revelation affords us.
This is what we see happen on the day of Pentecost. We see a group of people who have all been influenced by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. They have been told to go and wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit, and in the second chapter of Acts we read the following:
Acts 2:1-4 (ESV)
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.  And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.  And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
What defines your position at the moment?
You see when we live from a place where our position is determined by or framed by the prevailing conditions of this world, from the dominant voices in our society and from the loudest fears within us it is next to impossible to speak hope, to encourage ourselves and others and to be bringers of light to the darkness. It is next to impossible to be ambassadors of another kingdom if we allow the reality of this kingdom to be the things that define our present position.
Think for a moment what the reality was in the upper room the moment before the Holy Spirit descended. Jesus had ascended and so they were without the one they had been following for the last three years. They had no Jesus, but they had a word and they held onto that word and they waited with obedience.
They could have chosen to focus on the fact that Jesus had left, and they were alone, or they could have chosen to focus on the fact that they were a persecuted group in Jerusalem. Instead, they focused on the last word Jesus gave. They didn’t give into insecurities or worry. They positioned themselves around their focused obedience to a word from Jesus.
The result was the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that gave birth to the church.
My point here is simply this. What if we allowed our position to be defined by the words God has spoken over us through the words of scripture and we had a radical focus on them. Rather than allowing our focus to be diverted by fears, noise and insecurities?
Well then we might see ourselves not hindered by a virus-induced lockdown but we would see ourselves being seated in Heavenly places with Christ Jesus (Eph 2:6). Perhaps we would see ourselves positioned in Christ Jesus to do good works (Eph 2:10). Perhaps we would see ourselves as citizens of Heaven (Phil 3:20). These are just a few examples, but I am sure other passages come to mind for you that define your position right now.
Right now, can I encourage you your position is not defined by a state of economic or political lockdown. It is not defined by your employment status or educational status. Our position is secure because it is defined by God’s Word, not the ever-changing circumstances that surround us.
Ps. Mark Reeves
Liberty Church Randburg – Lead Pastor