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The Truth of Our Focus
As I attended Men's Group and Systematic Theology the other week, I was blessed by the range in age of folks attending the study. As we look at the second installment of "focus", let us reflect on truth. In each of the groups, what is the focus or "attraction" for why we are all there? Are we there because it is the new fad? Are we there wishing to be hyped up by some charismatic teacher? Selfish gain? I believe that given the random chaos in our world today, all are attending to seek what is stable, constant and true. This might not be on the tip of our tongues, if asked, but a possible theory. I believe it is much more than that. Let us first consider these truths. The apostle Paul, in speaking to the unbelieving Romans tells them (us), God's law was written on our hearts (Rom 2:15). Paul also tells them (us) in Rom 18:19-20 - "For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse." These truths point to the morality and presence of God for the unbeliever and to us as believers. Now, the truth to us as believers that provides the focus or attraction can be summarized in this: John 17 1-8, Jesus said: "I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me." and finally, Co 3:1-2, "If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on the things that are on earth." That attraction for all ages, is due to Jesus revealing the character and intimacy of God as noted in John 17. And as such, we wish to seek to know that much more of Him as concluded in Col 3. Amen!