A God-Focus: The Short Def
Usually when we get asked about a God focus, it turns into a pretty lengthy discussion. In the past, we put these long discussions in several forms and found them to be helpful, and—in all honesty—just a little easier because we had room to explain ourselves.
However, these long explanations aren’t good when we only have a couple of minutes to explain a God focus to, say, a Christian school teacher at a convention. Or to a busy youth pastor over the phone. Sometimes people’s eyes glaze over about half way through.
Over the last couple of days we worked very hard to develop a concise definition of a God focus for those short conversations. Our goal was to construct a complete yet brief explanation of what we mean when we talk about being God focused. Lots of writing, thinking and discussion produced the following text. The first sentence is our one-line definition of a God focus, and the rest fleshes the concept out a bit. If you follow us regularly you will be seeing more of this explanation.
A God Focus is seeking God’s glory and grace through all things.
With this perspective, all of life, creation, and Scripture becomes a window through which we can see the light of God’s goodness, power, and love. As His grace draws our gaze to Himself, we learn to rejoice in Him. Only then, standing before His holiness, will we repent, submit, and worship. He becomes the center of all thought, desire, and action—the focus of our love and hope.
A God Focus shifts our attention from this world to our Creator, from our trials to our Sustainer, and from our sins to our Redeemer.
We see Scripture as more than just a map or rulebook—it is the story of God’s glory.
As we teach of Moses, Ruth, and David, we magnify the God that uses imperfect men and women to reflect His glory.
Before we teach of holiness and love, we point to the perfection and sacrifice of Christ.
When we sin, therefore, we do not simply break God’s law—we betray Christ’s love. And when we, by His grace, reflect His holiness, we do not just obey Him—we abide in Him.