The Ultimate Goal of a Christian

Run the race

Here’s a great challenge—and great goal! It’s to keep our minds and hearts focused on Jesus Christ!

 

Consider the following series of scriptures:

 

When I came to you, brothers, announcing the testimony of God to you . . . . I didn’t think it was a good idea to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:1-2).

 

This is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and the One You have sent—Jesus Christ (John 17:3).

 

He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37).

 

I could, of course, add numerous other scriptures to this short list in order to demonstrate that we should often focus on Jesus Christ.

 

According to Jesus, this singular approach is the key to living in a manner that is worthy of our calling: If your eye is good” (or “single” in the KJV) “your whole body will be full of light (Matthew 6:22). In practice, it means that when we are focused on Jesus, there is little room for sin. The author of Hebrews put it this way: “Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus . . .” (Hebrews 12:1-2). This principle points to the fundamental weakness with legalism which causes us to focus more on ourselves than on Jesus.

 

Of course, this is a challenge for all of us! Our culture seems designed to draw our attention away from Jesus. There are many distractions, such as world events, terrorism, the present election cycle as well as materialism, sensualism, secularism—and the list goes on. Nevertheless, if we focus on Christ and renew our minds, we’ll respond positively Principle #4, page 1651, in my Life Essentials Study Bible:

 

To walk in God’s will, Jesus Christ must always be the central focus in our personal and corporate lives.

 

This principle comes from Paul’s letter to the Colossians that describes the centrality of Christ:

 

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation . . . . He is before all things and by Him all things hold together (Colossians 1:15, 17).

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