Focus is essential to gymnastics training. When athletes fail to keep their focus their minds become undisciplined and the result is, as people say these days, “a hot mess.” A loss of focus leads to stumbles and falls, and the gymnast who loses focus will become preoccupied with making excuses and obsessing about fears. Suddenly consistency exits, and confidence wanes.
As Christians, we also have difficulty when we lose our focus on Christ’s cross. The author of Hebrews knew the importance of focus. He writes, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (12:2).
When we take our eyes off the cross, our minds become filled with the fears of this world. Suddenly our faith is shaken, and we begin to doubt God’s love in our lives. We wonder if He hears us when we pray or even cares about our lives. We are, in effect, a hot spiritual mess.
However, when we keep our eyes focused on Christ’s sacrifice, the love of God grows ever larger in our hearts and minds. When we focus on the cross, Christ’s enduring love for us becomes plain, and the grace and mercy of God becomes evident. Focused on the cross we see Jesus’ righteousness, which He imparts to us through the Holy Spirit. Through His righteousness, we can boldly go where sinners dared not go before: God’s throne room.
Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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