Where are you focused?
Right now, in this very moment, what is your focus?
Maybe it is growing that ministry, raising small children or being faithful in what seems like the mundane. Wherever you find your current reality, your focus will determine the outcome.
To put it in other words…
Where you set your eyes is where you’ll step your foot.
In 2 Corinthians 4:18 we are told,
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
In this verse the Apostle Paul challenges us to set our hearts, sights and mind on what is not clearly visible to the human eye. He exhorts us to look beyond our current reality, to see God’s divine authority and His ability to do much more than we could ever ask, think or imagine. Not for our own temporary good or gain, but for His glory and that which is eternal. When we set our eyes on things that are unseen, we open them to the supernatural. It is like we are saying,
“Lord open my eyes so that I can see things the way you see them. Show me your majesty, your glory and the things to come. Bring Heaven to Earth so that my heart will ache the way your heart aches. So that I will see your people the way you see your people. That I will go, wherever you say to go.”
When we set our eyes this way, where we choose to set them, our feet will follow.
Here are some practical ways we can begin to set our eyes on the eternal.
- Take an account of the past, but determine not to dwell there.
I am a Disney girl to my core. There’s nothing more exciting than planning a trip to the most magical place on earth, but if I’m honest, it’s more for me than it is for my children.
There is something about the philosophy and magic about Disney that makes dreams come alive. There is a quote by Walt Disney that says,
“Around here we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
I believe as followers of Christ, we are called to be curious. To look ahead with expectation and anticipation of what God will do. Yes, we take the time to remember His goodness and grace, but we spend even more time, excited about what He will do for those who lean in with unrelenting trust.
- Allow God to stretch your vision.
God has gifted each of those He has called and commissioned with a vision. We love what we get to be a part of. We dream about it, rally others around it, and ultimately, live and breathe it. But in all reality, sometimes we become so focused on what God revealed to us back in that season, that we forget He wants to build upon the very vision He has entrusted to us. As we ponder, dream and get curious about what God could do, we also must open our hearts to allow Him to stretch the when, what, where and how of the very thing we are trying to steward.
- Ask God where He would call you.
This is the scary part. This is where we say, “God, where would you send me?” It’s where we not only say it, but also really mean it. It’s with sincere hearts that we must invite Him to make us uncomfortable; to shake up our reality, and to reestablish our footing in a way or place we never thought we would go.
I heard someone say it this way, “The send is the anointing and authority to function in the call.”
So as you set your eyes, know that God is ordaining where you’ll set your foot.