How Changing Our Focus Can Stop Us From Sinning

By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter and chose to suffer with the people of God rather than to enjoy the short-lived pleasure of sin. For he considered the reproach because of the Messiah to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, since his attention was on the reward. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭11‬:‭24-26‬ HCSB)

Sometimes sin entangles us because our focus is off. We are not looking up, where Christ is enthroned at the right hand of God, or ahead, where our eternal rewards await.

When we sin, we forget we are to live for the future, not for the present, although we are living in the present. We, like the heroes of faith listed in Hebrews 11, are pilgrims in a foreign land. This place is not our home, but rather, a rented space until we are brought to our true home, perfect and amazing in heaven.

People who live for the now eventually become depressed and dissatisfied, for all things of the earth fade. Only the things of the Spirit remain forever; faith, hope, love, joy, peace. The materials on this earth corrode, but the precious stones and gold in the New Jerusalem never grow corrupt.

We set our eyes on the temporary pleasures of the now, only to miss the eternal delights that await us later. How foolish to choose sin over Christ, the Eternal Lover of our souls, who anticipates embracing us and wiping away our every tear.

We sin today and can die tonight and come face-to-face with eternity. Then what will we tell our Creator and our supposed Father and Lord? “I had my eyes on worthless things and chose to keep them off of You. Sorry.”

It is appointed unto man to die once and then comes the judgement. To sin now is to forget we will be judged for our deeds. It is to forget the holy, God-like nature Christ died to give us, to miss the power and presence of God in our life, along with His favor and the many other blessings He bestows upon the righteous.

My prayer is that both I and you live for eternity. That we always turn away from the option of sin, and focus our attention upon our blessed Savior who waits for us. May we ever delight ourselves in Him, the true Treasure, rather than indulge in deceitful and temporal sin, following after the lusts of satan.

The devil is no longer our master. He once had a hold on us, but those chains have been broken. Christ has set us free. We live for Him now. God is our Father, and we are children of the light, of the day.

May the love and grace of the Father keep us until we face Him. Amen.

Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭12‬:‭1-2‬ HCSB)

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