What does faith in Christ have to do with living a focused life? I suspect for most life coaches, this is not the place they would start. But, I submit to you that this life means nothing without Christ.
Here are 5 reasons that faith in Christ is the place to start if you want to live a life of focus.
- Jesus is our creator. The apostle John makes it very clear that Jesus Christ is our creator (John 1:3). If anyone knows us better than ourselves, it is our creator.
- Jesus is our light. Humanity is separated from God. This separation leaves humanity in spiritual darkness. But, the light always overcomes the darkness (John 1:5).
- Jesus gives us the right to become children of God. It is a mistake to say that all people are children of God. All people are creations of God. But, only those who repent of their sin and trust Christ are given the right to become children of God (John 1:12).
- Jesus is full of grace and truth. Grace is God giving us what we do not deserve. We are sinful. We are imperfect. God’s grace covers us. While grace is good, it must be balanced with truth. Truth keeps us in line with reality. The truth is we need both grace and truth (John 1:14).
- Jesus takes away our sin. None of us like to admit we are sinners. But, this is a truth we cannot change by ignoring it or denying it. We must face the fact that we are born a sinner. We can do nothing in our own power to get rid of our sin. Jesus is the only one who can take away our sin (John 1:29).
The point is this, the only way for you and me to realize our true purpose in life is to first deal with our sin problem. Sin will always lead us down paths away from God.
So, how does dealing with our sin problem help us live a life of focus? The Gospel calls us to repent of our sin and to turn toward the Lord Jesus Christ. When this happens, a change in us known as being “born again” takes place in us (John 3:1-21).
The born-again experience reconciles us to our Creator. It effects the forgiveness of our sins. It renews a right spirit within us. It creates a desire in us to live to please the Lord. Paul described it in this way:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.2 Corinthians 5:17
In other words, we become completely new creations in Christ. If this is true (and it is), our lives take a different direction. Our desires are different. So, once you have dealt with your sin problem, the question now becomes, “How do I please the Lord?”
The “C” in our acronym of F.O.C.U.S. is to live a Christ-centered life. So for now, we will summarize by simply saying that a Christ-centered life is a life of obedience. This is how you please the Lord.
Do you want to live a life of focus? Begin by placing your faith in Jesus Christ. Experience the life-changing effect of the Gospel to renew your perspective.