Living in the age of confusion, technology, stress, violence, and information overload can keep us distracted and overwhelmed much of the time. The IN Christ Focus Model helps you gain a big picture image of how you can stay focused on Christ as you live in this world.
Christ can be your focus one day a week, some of the time, or all of the time. He calls each of His sheep to differing levels of closeness with Him. He will show you where you belong in your relationship with Him. In any case, you want to stay focused on Christ because He is your Good Shepherd and you are His sheep. Furthermore, where you focus is where you go and you want to stay on the straight and narrow.
Where the Good Shepherd goes, you go. When He stops, you stop. When He tarries, you tarry. Psalm 23 shows us the Shepherd’s habits with His sheep. First, He causes them to lie down and rest. He wants them to feel safe and secure. Next, He nourishes them with water and food, and then restores their souls.
Christ is Spirit and you are spirit. He is resurrected and you are resurrected in Him as the new nature. You are one with Him in the kingdom of light. As you focus on Him traveling down the path of life, you will experience more stability because He is your compass and anchor in every situation. When you learn to focus on Him you become like Peter who walked on water, defying his own understanding of what he thought he could do.
You are IN Christ. You’re not in you anymore. You’re in the world but not of the world system. You’re not in your family of origin anymore. You’re IN the body of Christ. That is your true home. The blood of Jesus trumps any biological bloodline. His bloodline binds us closer together than anything else. He has placed us into His sinless, divine bloodline and given us His very DNA.
Whether you understand it to not, whether you like it or not, you are like Him in this world. How? Because you are one spirit with Him. One spirit in the kingdom of light. Like Father, like son. Like Father, like daughter. He is Everlasting Father because He is the exact image of God, He is one with God, and He leads and cares for us as a good father does.
So next time you feel overwhelmed by the chaos and meaninglessness of the world system, stop and focus your eyes and heart on Jesus. He is your compass and your anchor even at this very moment. As you focus on Him, He will settle your soul. As you focus on Him, He will give you His peace and direction to walk in His will (Heb. 12:2).
Colossians 3:3 For you died and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
Hebrews 12:1-2 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, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross,scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.