Single-minded. Laser-sharp focus. No. 1 spot.

The second day of 2013 has been swift, with majority of my time being spent in front of my laptop.  I checked the next two items on my to-do list, and both were something related to budget and schedules.

At this point, I knew I had to pause a bit before I could move forward.  I’ve been reading and writing during the past couple of hours and the next items on my list required more thought, I justified.

I took a shower, dressed up, and went back to my workstation here at our house.  I opened my bible and started where I ended last night. I read Philippians 3, and placed special attention starting from half of verse 4 until the 11th:

“If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.”

I breathed heavily. Then, I asked the Lord, “What do You want me to learn today?”

Single-minded. Laser-sharp focus. At the heart of this passage, Paul’s life was centered on this huge goal:  knowing Jesus Christ.  For him, it wasn’t just another “New Year’s Resolution” or an item in his list of “faith goals”.  His pursuit of knowing Christ was the only fulcrum to which every other detail revolved around.  His relationship with Jesus fell at the No. 1 spot, while everything else fell second.  No amount of achievement, credential, or any form of self-righteousness could match this very special relationship that Paul has with His Lord and Redeemer.

With my heart pierced, I leaned back on my chair and could only pray for the very same attitude that Paul had.

I wondered, if we would place all our plans and desires to an irreducible minimum, how would we state it in a few words?  Will we find Jesus in the equation?

Like in the case of Paul, is knowing God more our pursuit? I hope you’d time to think about it; and may God minister to you in a very special way as we ask Him to examine our lives.

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