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“Whatever consumes your mind controls your life.”
It could be one of many things…
- your looks/appearance
- what others think of you
- sex (self-gratification)
- your kids
- your job/career
- your illness/handicaps
- getting married
- being single
- your spouse – their flaws or their good qualities
- your past – abuses and traumas OR “the good ole days”
- the rest/relaxation/benefits of life you think you’ve earned or deserve
- the exhaustion, hardships, trials you think you don’t deserve or are unfair
Or it could simply be Jesus.
For too many, we don’t know how to really fix our eyes and our mind on Jesus. If we’re really, really transparently honest – for many of us, Jesus is a religious means to a personal end. The focus is OUR need, OUR convenience and OUR comfort rather than HIS glory, HIS will and HIS Kingdom.
For many of us, Jesus is a religious means to a personal end. The focus is OUR need, OUR convenience and OUR comfort rather than HIS glory, HIS will and HIS Kingdom.Tweet
1 Corinthians 2:2 ESV
For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
Philippians 3:9-10-16 ESV
and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—  that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death...  Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.  Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,  I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.  Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
Hebrews 12:1-3 NASB
Therefore, since we also have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let’s rid ourselves of every obstacle and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let’s run with endurance the race that is set before us,  looking only at Jesus, the originator and perfecter of the faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.