The scientific experiment of creating fire using Sun rays, a magnifying glass and paper has always fascinated me. As I pondered on this phenomenon; God began to teach me a spiritual principle.
The first thing we need to understand is that the magnifying glass must be concentrated on a specific spot long enough until the rays begin to burn the paper. Moving around the lens too much over the large surface of the paper will not yield the same results. The magic is in picking a specific and small spot on the paper and concentrating the sun rays on that area long enough.
See, you will never be fulfilled until you find your unique gift and purpose and optimizing and perfecting it for the glory of God. The problem with some of you is that you move around too much. You are a Jack of all trades but you have mastered nothing. In your effort to fit in you have neglected your calling and have not cultivated it enough through concentrated effort because you were after what the world deems to be prestigious.
The crux of this message is the importance of focus and concentrated effort as it relates to purpose and destiny.
You cannot be everything God created you to be and do everything He created you to do until you focus on Christ and His calling concerning your life. The enemy does not want you to fulfil your divine mandate and so he will send you all sorts of distractions to try and steer you away from your predestined path. So if you are not grounded and focused you will struggle to do the will of God.
An example of focus is being faithful to one man/woman. Infidelity is a lack of focus. You cannot build a long term/lifelong relationship if you flirt with everybody, if you are available to everybody. Building a relationship is like building a house, you cannot build accurately and meticulously if your attention is divided among other projects. A relationship flourishes only when there is focus.
Another example of focus is consistently doing what God mandated you to do even when you do not see immediate results or impact of your efforts. When we are faithful and consistent God uses our humble beginnings to sharpen our craft. A lot of people admire my writing proficiency yet I do not consider myself to be that good. What I do know however is that I have greatly improved along the years because I practice daily, I never stopped writing even when I did not have much of an audience. I realize that because I was consistent(focused) regardless of my circumstances; God used that attitude to polish my skill.
It takes time to fulfill a great destiny and so in order to fulfill it you need to be focused. You need to sacrifice short term gains for long term visions.
You need to practice your craft continuously and consistently even when you are in pain.
You need to cultivate a culture of consistency and excellence. You need to be self controlled and disciplined. Considering my earlier example about relationships. You cannot have the great marriage God wants you to have if you are weak and unrestrained. You cannot build a life long relationship if you go for everything that entices you.
Focus is not just blind action with no solid basis but rather it is an enlightened stance where we consider our destiny and purpose to be more important than our temporary inconveniences. Joseph exhibited his level of focus when he ran away from Potiphar’s wife who was trying to seduce him. Joseph had a powerful sense of destiny which he esteemed so highly that he was not prepared to risk it by giving in to weaknesses of the flesh. I believe he ran because he did not deny the fact that his flesh was weak.
The fact that you are set apart for a significant and great purpose does not mean that you are no longer human and are therefore exempted from temptations. God uses ordinary people who have weaknesses but He knows how to purify us that we may be fit for the master’s use if we can just submit to His will. He knows how to deal with our flesh so that we may learn to control our selves so that we may become vessels of honor to be used for His highest purposes.
When a camera lens is out of focus the image becomes blurred. When a talented person is not focused; the quality of their output is not that great. A new path that never existed is created in the woods when people consistently pass there. New neural pathways and reflexes are created in the nervous system when we do something repetitively. This is how new skills are learned and mastered.
The human anatomy(body) is a network of organs and systems working together and focused on the well being of the person. A business organization is a combination of different people and departments working together and focused on the overall objectives of one company.
Just as a business organization is a complex system of various functions working together toward a common goal; so is every aspect of your life a critical component of your ultimate destiny. Just as every part of the human body is vital to the optimal functioning of the human being; every aspect of your life is important as it relates to your destiny. When one part of the human body is dysfunctional; the whole body suffers. You can be very gifted and anointed but if your relationship life is unwell it can affect your ministry. You can be the most gifted singer/worshiper but if you are not focused in your finances you might not reach the heights God predestined you to reach.
God wants you to be prosperous in every area of your life. He wants you to be whole and content.
The point I am trying to make is that if you are not focused in some area of your life, that lack of focus may affect other areas of your life overwhelmingly including your ultimate destiny. In other words; lack of focus can have a ripple effect. A good example I can think of is of a minister of God who is not focused in their relationship because of lust. If this minister gives in to the temptation not only will they most likely lose their spouse but they will also lose respect and their dignity. They might lose church members, money, peace, reputation etc.
On the flip side, good focus can affect every area of your life positively in ways you never thought possible. For an example; when David focused on his faith in God and served Him faithfully, God empowered him to slay Goliath the giant. His entire life was changed by that victory and he found himself in the presence of kings. Because he was focused; his finances were improved, his love life improved, every area of his life was affected positively.
There is something God deposited inside of you that has the potential to change your whole life if you can just be focused by keeping your eyes on Christ, by being obedient to His leading consistently, by putting God first in everything you do, by not conforming to the patterns of this world but by being transformed by the renewing of your mind, by controlling your flesh and not giving in to temptation, by being faithful in serving where you are, by being consistent in practicing for your purpose, by worshiping God in spirit and in truth.
I tell you; focus will unlock your heavenly provision for your purpose. It is that simple. What you focus on becomes your reality.
Register for that course and cultivate the discipline to study. Write that book and keep your focus until you complete it. Start that business and focus by channeling your minimal resources and all your energy toward it. Fix your eyes on the prize. Allow me to close by borrowing from the Apostle;
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:12-14).