Lesson Seven • Devotion #6: Focus

I have had glasses for the majority of my life. The first time I needed them was back in elementary school. I can remember going to the eye doctor. I would sit in the stiff upright chair as the doctor would bring this big crane over to my eyes, and I would look through two little holes. For what felt like an eternity after, the doctor would ask which lens was better to see through using a set of numbers. He would begin by saying, “One or two, two or three, and three or four?” Eventually, through this crazy mathematical process, I would be able to see clear as day! 

In 2 Corinthians chapter 4, Paul is writing about the most important message ever shared to the world, the Gospel of Christ. He begins in verses 1-6, writing, “Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 

Paul is reminding the church in Corinth of the power and importance of the Gospel. He writes how it can pierce the darkness and how it is solely through this Gospel message of Christ through which we can have access to God. Yet, in verse five, Paul gives a reminder and a refocus. He writes, “For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord.” Read that again — what an incredible reminder for our daily lives. 

Today, I simply want to encourage you and maybe help you refocus as Paul helped me. As time goes on, our vision can get blurry, and we are not able to see as clearly as we used to. However, when we go to the eye doctor, they help us refocus and see more clearly. Paul tells us Who we proclaim, Jesus. At times, we can get distracted by the things of this world: our jobs, school, social media, or fill in the blank. Yet, when we refocus our vision, we remember the incredible darkness piercing light, and life-giving power of Jesus Christ. This helps us remember that our goal and our focus as followers of Christ is to proclaim Him. It is not about ourselves, but our amazing Savior!

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