June 8, 2018

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.  Hebrews 12:1-3

Like many of you, I love photography.  I have learned how to set the f-stop and the aperture for optimum speed and light, and although I’m not the best at choosing the right settings, I can usually get fairly decent photos with the manual setting on my camera, and rarely, if ever, use an auto setting.  Unfortunately, focus is a different story entirely.

The camera I use today has an auto focus setting, and I freely admit that this is what I use most often.  I switch to manual for certain situations, but auto focus is a luxury I fully employ.  My previous camera did not have such a luxury.  Every photo had to be manually focused.  And when I took photos of my young nephews playing at a playground, I learned very quickly how poor my focusing skills were.  Those young boys could not sit still long enough for me to get a good focus on them, so many of the photos, though properly lit and beautifully composed, were a blur.  Which, come to think of it, may be accurate for photos of little boys!  But if I showed you a picture of my nephews that was not properly focused, you wouldn’t be able to discern what they looked like.  You really wouldn’t see the boys.

When we think of keeping our focus on Christ we think of our need to be looking always at Him, and this is a legitimate application.  We do need to be looking at Christ, and looking at our life, our decisions, our circumstances, through the light of His Word.  But I think when we properly focus on Christ it does more than allow us to see Him more clearly.  I believe it helps others to see Him more clearly.

We are like the lens of a camera.  As believers we point to Christ.  We want others to look through our lens and see Him.  But if we are not properly focused on Christ, what they see will be distorted.  Like the photos of my nephews, the picture of Jesus that others see in our life will be indiscernible.  As we focus on Christ, our lives begin to reflect His character, to reflect Him, more and more clearly.  And others begin to see Him in us.  They begin to know who He is because they are watching us, looking at Christ through a well-focused lens.

I will meditate on Your precepts and fix my eyes on Your ways.  I will delight in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.  Ps 119:15-16

Are you focused on Christ?  Does your life show an accurate picture of Him?

Keep seeking the Kingdom!

Heather Penner

Summer Missions

Coming this summer to a back yard near you! Christian Youth In Action sharing the gospel with the children of Ontario!  YOU TOO can be part of this great mission!  Get your application in now!  And share this opportunity with your friends who also have a heart to see children reached with the gospel! Alex and Daniella are waiting for your application!

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Heather Penner
Youth Director


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