The Law of Focus
"Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall you also appear with Him in glory." Colossians 3:2-4
The law of focus states that what we focus our attentions on increases, grows and expands. Thoughts, images in our mind, feelings connected to our thoughts and what we say will manifest as reality. Placing the things on earth as a priority hinders the focus on Jesus. God instructs us to focus on Jesus Christ to release the provision of His Word so we can prosper in all we do. He is the excellency of our power (II Corinthians 4:7).
We are called to be choice makers; it is an act of freedom to change. In order to use choice making effectively, we must mix it with faith. Since we are called by Jesus Christ (John 15:16), we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to be choosers.
It is vital to choose attitudes, perceptions and responses according to God’s Word every day for life, people or events. If not, the choice will be made for us by moods, delays, circumstances, surprises, or voices of lack and fear. This is not something we do one time; it takes practice and willingness. The sacrifice Jesus made for us is the only ‘one time’ blessing. We are saved by Him and through Him. This was His choice and initiative for each of us. After that, we choose.
Walking with the Lord by the Holy Spirit is an individual experience. Jesus said, “…for many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 20:16. God does the calling, and we do the choosing. The calling is there, the power to choose is available. Choose today to respond to God’s calling!
Look and Choose to Understand Colossians 3:2-4
1. “Set your affection…” (vs. 1). This is the first choice. ‘Set your affection (mind)’ is to make a firm decision about how to handle a situation and stay on that direction. It means we see clearly that the things above are in us by the Holy Spirit. Our power is in the choice of our attitude and perception. Jehoshaphat was instructed to set himself when the multitude came against him. “Set yourselves, stand still and see…” II Chronicles 20:17. This is no different for us today. Thoughts may be around to sway us, cause us to doubt, frustrate us, disappoint us or attempt to tame us down. Will we choose an attitude of life or death? Habakkuk said, “I will stand my watch and set myself on the tower and watch to see what He will say to me and what I shall answer…” Habakkuk 2:1. See what and say what? See the glory of the Lord moving and say what God says in His Word.
2. “…on things above, not on things on the earth.” (vs. 2). ‘On things above’ is an uplifting mental and emotional outlook knowing God’s provisions are available by faith because of Jesus Christ. ‘…not on things on the earth’ means not being circumstance controlled, problem conscious or allowing blame. When earth things (circumstances) attack your focus, it is helpful to say out loud, “Because of Jesus Christ, there is always plenty! I choose to see Jesus and His gift of mercy and grace to me.” Where grace is released, there is no lack.
3. “For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (vs.3). The day Adam disobeyed God, the demonic nature (sin) entered him. Adam’s disobedience allowed sin to take over; it is the source of all human suffering (Romans 5:12). Jesus destroyed the power of sin by His death and resurrection; sin is gone! The only place the source of sin continues to be real is in our memory and nervous system. Without revelation of our death, sin will control our lives. The key to removing sin from our memory and nervous system is to say so. I have a saying, “I’ve been to my funeral and I have come back smiling.” This comes from the understanding of Romans 6. “I reckon myself to be dead to sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ my Lord.” Romans 6:11. Reckon is to count on it. Reckon is an attitude based on God’s Word, taking into account the facts of identification and position in Jesus Christ. “When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” (vs. 4). This is for now, as well as in heaven. God’s glory is given to us as believers now (John 17:22). ‘He appears’ is our revelation of the exchanged life. “Take My yoke…for My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30). This is a personal revelation of Christ appearing to us with a new life-style. Understanding this scripture is life changing!