Refocus Your Lens
Hebrews 12 suggests that believers take a closer look at what builds the endurance required to finish out the race. Before we begin, the prerequisite mandate is that we evaluate what will adversely impact our ability and preparation to participate as joggers, sprinters or cross-country runners.
As the writer brings us in, we are required to look at any and everything that may be an obstacle as we continue on to the finish line. In this race it isn’t how fast you move but rather, how well you navigate for the task at hand.
1-3 Do you see what this means…It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins.
Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it…he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever…That will shoot adrenaline into your souls! Hebrews 1:1-3 (MSG)
Laying aside every weight and sin requires acknowledgement and repentance on our part. A weight is any feeling, attitude or action that promotes a voluntary embrace of anything that slows, aborts progression or sours your witness. When it comes to identifying sin, we are quick to name the “big” ones. However, all unrighteousness displeases the Father.
We have to transition from the current way we view things and change our mindset to see ourselves and others the way God does.
Refocus your lens to create a care to see the future of someone else.
If we are honest, we will be able to seek God’s “reset” to free us from bigotry, racism, and preconceived notions based on stereotypical information regarding the characteristics of a group or nation of people.
New vision, with the absence of a flesh view, enables us to live out 1 Timothy 2:1-3:
1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
It can be an uncomfortable conversation, but nonetheless, it must be initiated to maximize our full potential to complete the race for our faith. When we refocus our lens, we can pray for those that do not love God without hatred in our heart for the persons who commit atrocities against humanity.
A refocus is when you can identify and address the ungodly spirit that rules in an individual. As believers, our fervent, effectual prayer:
1. Will loose the bands of wickedness or vice grip of the enemy.
2. Elevates heavy burdens-that the downtrodden may bring their cares to Jesus.
3. Breaks the spirit of the oppressor and oppressed that they may be free.
4. Causes every yoke (spirit of manipulation, intimidation and control) to be broken and destroyed.
5. Ensures that many poor, disenfranchised and disparate populations are relieved by kind acts. Isaiah 58:1-7
When we place primary emphasis on why Jesus came, we will be able to navigate toward His goal for all; that the lost be saved.
Reflection: Refocus your lens to stay in the race and finish strong.