Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58).
We must always have a clear focus, and Jesus should always be the One we see most clearly, no matter what we think of or what we are looking for. Every picture of life must clearly have Jesus there. Having clear focus entails knowing who we are called to be and doing what we are called to do. No matter what occupation you hold, what job you are completing, what task you are doing, follow the scriptural mandate that says, “and whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:23-24). Imagine getting rewards according to your performance and according to the attitude which you have embraced! That in itself should motivate each one of us to be mindful of the Lord at all times- to be mindful of His standards, His expectations, and His enablement. No more sloppy work ethic. No more taking costly shortcuts. No more robbing employers of a full-day’s pay by not producing a full day’s worth of work. 1 Corinthians 15:58 guarantees that our work is not in vain. Christians should be a testimony because of how they labor: with integrity, with diligence, with excellence. That is what it means to have Jesus as our clear focus.
Keeping our focus clear requires being wary of distractions. Beware of anything that lures us away from Jesus or that desensitizes us to His presence. Blatant sin will cause us to lose our focus. Even a hobby or a pastime can end up blurring that focus if it consumes our lives. Before we know it, we have spent our lives pursuing the wind.
Do not allow anything to keep you from the eternal purposes of God for your life, for therein lies the abundant life He died to give you; therein lies your destiny!