By Rev. Doug Clay
Eph. 5:15-17, NLT
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
In life, we have focus choices. Think about it, we can focus on ourselves; we can focus on our circumstances; we can even focus on other people; or we can focus on God. It has been my experience that when I stay focused on God, He puts life in proper perspective.
Isaiah 44:2, CEV
I am your Creator. You were in my care even before you were born. Israel, don’t be terrified! You are my chosen servant, my very favorite.
Since focus is our choice, keep in mind that
1. We are the focus of God’s love
Before God ever thought about creating the universe or animals, we were on His mind.
Eph. 1:4, MSG
Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love.
2. Our daily activity matters to God
Isaiah 49:4a, NLT
I replied, “But my work seems so useless! I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose.
Life really can get unbearable and seem useless when we forget that God not only created us, but created us for a purpose!
Psalm 139:16, LB
You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book!
3. We are never alone
Sure, there are times in life that we feel lonely, but God says you are never alone.
Hebrews 13:5b, NLT
“I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”
4. We will always have doors of opportunity
Acts 10:35, MSG
God plays no favorites! It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from—if you want God and are ready to do as he says, the door is open.
We owe it to ourselves, our family, and God, not to waste our lives, but to . . .
Deut. 10:12, NCV
. . . Respect the Lord your God, and do what he has told you to do. Love him. Serve the Lord your God with your whole being.
Rev. Doug Clay serves as the General Treasurer for the Assemblies of God. To learn more about the Assemblies of God, visit www.ag.org.