Ã¢â‚¬Å“As the time drew near for his return to heaven, Jesus moved steadily onward toward Jerusalem with an iron willÃ¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â (Luke 9:51 TLB).
And this causes us more stress than we can imagine. In the last few days, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been sharing with you seven principles of stress-free living from the life of Jesus.
The first three principles were:
- Identification: Know who you are
- Motivation: Know whose approval you are living for
- Vocation: Know your calling
JesusÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ fourth principle of stress-free living isÃ‚Â concentration.Ã‚Â You must know what matters most.
Jesus was a master of concentration. He focused like a laser on what the Father wanted him to do.
When light is defused, it has no power at all. But light thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s focused has enormous power. Take the sun as an example. On its own, the light wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t harm grass. But if you focus its light with a magnifying glass, you can burn that grass.
Focus light even more and it becomes a laserÃ¢â‚¬â€and a laser can cut through steel and kill cancer.
If you want your life to matter, focus it.
Jesus showed us this in Luke 9:51:Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“As the time drew near for his return to heaven, he moved Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â steadily onward toward Jerusalem with an iron willÃ¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â (TLB).
Jerusalem was where the cross was. Jesus knew that was where God wanted him. Nothing would keep him from it.
You have enormous spiritual power that will only be unlocked if you decide whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most important to you. You can focus on either what will last for eternity or what is temporary. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s your choice.
Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:23,Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Someone may say, Ã¢â‚¬ËœIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m allowed to do anything,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ but not everything is helpful. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m allowed to do anything, but not everything encourages growthÃ¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â (GW).
YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re free to do anything, but not everything will be helpful. If you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t concentrate your life on what matters most, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll stress yourself out over what matters least.