Something that several people have emailed me and asked me about is how to keep their focus on Christ in a world that’s so full of distractions. I love answering this because I can totally relate to it.
For me, personally, it seems almost impossible at times to keep my focus on Jesus when I live in a world that’s trying to grab my attention every moment of the day. Sometimes I wish I had more control over my phone, I wish I could escape to a quiet place free of distractions where I could think and pray, and just simply fellowship with Jesus.
But the reality is that we live in the world. We’re called as believers in Christ to be in the world but not of the world. That means we will inevitably be tempted and distracted by so many different and possibly even good things. But we must press on, we must keep our eyes on Christ.
Sometimes it seems there are mountains of distractions that are blocking our view of Christ, so how do you keep your focus on Jesus amidst all the distractions?
In this post, I want to share a few things that help me. I’m far from perfect in this area, I don’t want to be heard saying I’ve got this all together.
The whole purpose of this post is to hopefully challenge and encourage myself, first of all. As well as you also to keep our focus on Christ.
#1: Surround Yourself With Godly People Who Will Always Point You to Jesus
Have you ever spent time with someone and then afterward you immediately have this strong desire to serve Jesus. It’s like that person’s relationship with Christ is so strong, it makes you want to pursue Christ with the same effort and passion.
Those people are my favorite. I am always refreshed in my own walk with Christ after spending time with them. It’s as if they just radiate Christ.
Those are the kinds of people who we should be spending the majority of our time with. Because the truth is, people, influence us. Even if we’re stubborn and would like to say that we’re not influenced by anyone, the truth is, we become the people we spend the most time with.
Spend time with people who will point you to Christ. Who will not only encourage you but who won’t be afraid to tell you when you’re doing something wrong.
God gave us fellow believers to strengthen each other and to build each other up. These relationships are necessary for a thriving and focused relationship with Jesus.
#2: Make Fellowship with God Your First and Highest Priority Every day
I’ve caught myself saying, “I don’t have time to read my Bible today”. I quickly came to the realization that this simply wasn’t true. I didn’t have time because I didn’t prioritize it. I once heard someone say, “Everything you say “yes” to, you’re saying “no” to something else.
Sometimes saying “Yes” to extra sleep is saying “No” to your alone time with God.
Or saying “Yes” to browsing Instagram is saying “No” to Prayer.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with sleep. In fact, you probably need more sleep. But saying you need more sleep isn’t an excuse to skip out on your time with the Lord. Maybe you should go to bed earlier! (Trust me, I need to hear this just as much as you).
I really want to make this point clear, for myself and for you.
If we don’t make our fellowship time with God the highest priority of our day, we will quickly find ourselves consumed by distractions and focused on the pleasures of the world, rather than the majesty of Christ.
If we don’t make our fellowship time with God the highest priority of our day, we will quickly find ourselves consumed by distractions and focused on the pleasures of the world, rather than the majesty of Christ. Click To Tweet
#3: Learn to Control Your Phone Rather than Your Phone Controlling You
Smartphones are helpful. They help us get more done. They help us keep track of things and be more productive. Those are the pros.
And the cons, smartphones are addictive. Every peek into social media makes us crave for more. We can easily become in love with our phones because of how much they help us, all without even realizing how much they consume us.
Yes, smartphones are great. Yes, they’re helpful. But they’re dangerous. They can lead us into distractions and can leave us feeling discouraged and farther from Christ.
It’s important to understand the danger of smartphones and learn to control how often you use them. Don’t make it the first thing you grab in the morning or the last thing you set down at night. Learn how to control your phone, or it will be controlling you.
#4: Habitually Search Yourself
Lastly, make it a habit to bow humbly before God and just reflect on your life. Is there anything in your life that you’re allowing to distract you from Christ? Is there anything that is becoming an idol? Like a relationship or a certain circumstance, like your school or your job? Or maybe a particular type of sin that you struggle with like lying, lustful thoughts, addiction, or pride?
It’s an invaluable and necessary thing to do. And it’s important to do it often. Reflect on your life and ask God, “Is there anything in my life keeping me from experiencing more of you?”
I hope these tips help you, I know they help me. Again, as I mentioned at the beginning, I don’t want to be interpreted as a know it all or someone who acts as if I’m better than everyone. I simply want to share what has been an encouragement and a help to me in my own walk with Christ.
Finally, I would like to share a verse that has helped me focus on Christ when I’m discouraged or overwhelmed by the world around me.
Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every hindrance and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, 2 keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that lay before him, he endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. –Hebrews 12:1-3 (CSB)