The Focused Life: A Straight & Narrow Road

We all have a great destiny given to us by God.  It is one that is uniquely ours and no one else’s.  We are also designed to encourage and empower one another to keep moving forward in our individual and corporate visions.  When we come to know our personal vision and its corresponding passion, we will be flowing with refined focus.  When we discover the outlets for which our passion flows, it brings an abundance of life.  The straight and narrow road is not a hard life, but a focused one.

I personally believe the standards of heaven never change.  Yet, within those standards there is our process of personal vision with God.  The standard of heaven fits perfectly into the role we play in bringing about its multi-dimensional ways of doing so.  It fits within the context of who we uniquely are and what we were uniquely designed to do.  No one else is designed to do exactly what we do or the way we do it.  This should encourage us to be ourselves and move forward in freedom with our individual passion that is not defined by anyone else.  Only God and us are the main ones who should define it and others help along the way.

Unless we have a refined vision, we will be carried away by winds of confusion that never allow us to live out our personal passion because we will never know exactly what it is.  This is why fear of discovering who we really are paralyzes people who are driven by what others think or by false concepts of God.  If we do not know that God has placed individual passions inside of us and that He wants to partner with this passion to give us an abundant life, then we will automatically start walking on bunny trails that lead to nowhere.  We are invited to live purposely, passionately and powerfully in an abundant and adventure filled life with God.

“Go in through the narrow gate, because the gate is wide and the road is spacious that leads to destruction, and many people are entering by it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” -Matthew 7:13-14

One of the reasons people are lead to destruction is because there are so many things to think or care about.  When this is the case, what really matters in our life becomes hard to find.  Focus is never really narrowed because everything vies for our attention, even if it is good.  Again, if we do not have a focused life with what we are individually called to do, we are tossed to and fro by millions of things we could do or think.  We are to focus on Jesus and the things above that drive our personal passion and vision with a narrowed and concentrated focus.  Many find the straight and narrow road of destiny by simply figuring out their genuine passions that drive them and finding the outlet to move forward in serving the vision.

“Set your mind on things above, not on things of the earth.”- Col 3:2

The above verse is great but we must also understand that heaven has unlimited resources and therefore focus can once again become broad.  This is where our individuality and the way God specifically made us comes into focus.  When we understand who we are and what we love to do with God, we can begin to focus only on those things we were called to do.  When you find your hearts desire with God, you will realize that your life is impacting more people then you ever imagined.  You begin to accidently change the world in ways beyond your specific vision as God is allowed to flow uniquely through you.  He begins to touch everything that lives and moves in your path.

The narrow road makes life easier for us.  It helps us to know what we are and are not to do, even when something looks purposeful but doesn’t fit within our vision with God.  Jesus only speaks of the way to life as narrow because He was speaking to earthly mindsets that did not understand heavenly things.  But when we walk through the Gate and abide in the One who is the Eternal One, our understanding thinks from eternity instead of an earthly or limited mindets.

At work the other day, I took off my wedding ring to look through it.  When I held it a ways out in front of me, I could only see a few things through the circle, but as I brought it closer to my face, the hole through which I saw became larger and the dimensions of my vision greater.  This refined circle would eventually fit over my entire eye and I could see the world through a wider lens of vision.  This is the way we were destined to see.  This singular focus opens up worlds of possibility in our passion and love for God.  The more refined our vision becomes, the more we see and become the vision.

When this narrow road is walked, corporate visions are assisted and served as individuals play their part in unity towards the standards of heaven and not to any lesser standards of man.  Vision becomes potent and defined instead of potent but confined.  God’s Kingdom reveals the narrow road becoming a wide road that leads to lasting transformation

Let us walk these roads together as our hearts burn with life and destiny.  We can then walk in the abundant life of God that overflows to the world around us.  Like Jesus, our lives become gates through which others can freely enter into the realities of God.  We will become the message of who we uniquely are with the vision and character of His Son.

-PH

“Without Vision, people perish”  -Ancient Proverb

With Vision we become “more” then conquerers.  Be encouraged that God is for you with the passions He has put within you.  Whatever it is, run with that vision and joyfully live your life with love and authenticity.

 

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One thought on “The Focused Life: A Straight & Narrow Road

  1. “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he.” Prov. 29:18
    Or, the ESV – “Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.” Prov. 29:18
    Some versions say “the people run wild” Ha. So true.
    We need to be listening to God’s Words!

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