I’m a great multi-tasker, but I will be the first to confess that sometimes this makes me less productive than I could be. I can find myself flitting between tasks, never really focused, never really fully present. There are times that my brain feels like my computer browser - slowed down with way too many tabs open!
I am learning the power of giving something or someone my full attention – even if for just a brief burst of time. It’s amazing how much you can achieve even in ten minutes when you choose to be completely engaged in that one task.
The writer of Hebrews tells us to fix our thoughts on Jesus or as the NLT puts it, think carefully about this Jesus. He was not suggesting a quick glance or fleeting thought - no, we are being challenged to meditate on, to be attentive to who Jesus is and all that He has done. To give Him our full attention. I particularly love The Message Paraphrase:
So, my dear Christian friends, companions in following this call to the heights, take a good hard look at Jesus. He’s the centrepiece of everything we believe, faithful in everything God gave him to do.(Hebrews 3:1)
We need to put Jesus back at the centre of our lives; to make Him our focus and close some of those 'browser tabs' so that we give Him our undivided attention. But there are so many things that seek to distract us. Life is messy – it can be both beautiful and painful, and sometimes just plain too busy. We instinctively know that everything is not as it ought to be; not as God intended it to be. In Hebrews 2:8-9 we read this:
In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. But we see Jesus...now crowned with glory and honour because He suffered death so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.
But we see Jesus. Those four little words have the power to change our lives, to radically alter our experience.Because seeing Jesus changes everything. When we view our lives through the lens of His life - through His death and resurrection - we get a different perspective. We get His perspective.
All might not be as God intended and designed it to be, but Jesus is still on the throne. He is crowned with glory and honour because ultimately the battle is won. Don't let anything distract you from this truth: Jesus has tasted death for you - He has paid the price for your freedom! He is now crowned with glory and honour and He's restoring you to glory as He builds your life.
So shut down the lies that would tell you otherwise; step back from all the clutter of day-to-day life and let yourself see Jesus. Let Him be your focus, the One that you pursue and seek out today.