A Look through Christ's Lens
Ever been to a national park, an amusement park, or one of those little touristy sea-side towns? Then you have probably seen “the clunky-camera-people.” Ahh, they are professionals because their camera is so big. The longer the lens, the better the photographer. If only MY camera made that clicking noise, maybe my pictures would turn out better. These are some of the things that run through our minds when we see "clunky-cameras."
Well, a few years back, I got my own clunky-camera, and that’s when I discovered the “manual setting.”The “manual setting” is the kind where you work twice as hard as the “automatic settings” and can’t tell the difference anyway (so I thought). My real trouble was having to select exactly where I wanted the focus to be in each picture. If I focused on nothing, I got a blurry picture that didn’t make sense!
A recent chapel speaker spoke to us about “focus.” He brought up Acts 20:24: “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” Pastor Rasmussen used these words of Paul to remind us to be “grounded” and “unmoved” in Christ.
Paul was mocked, rejected, disregarded, imprisoned, and yet he saw “the big picture.” Some people in life just seem to “get it.” I would say Paul “got it.” He realized it wasn’t about his afflictions—none of it. And oh, by the way, it wasn’t about his life either, since he didn't count even that dear to him. Paul’s focus was Christ, and that focus put everything else about his life into perspective.
Funny thing about my manual settings on my clunky-camera? When I am focusing on something, everything else cannot be in focus. When we focus on Christ, we see our lives and the world we live in and the problems we face for what they are—fading and part of a “bigger picture.”
We have roughly two weeks left of this semester. Where are you today? On campus at Pensacola Christian College? At work? At home? Take each day you have left and plug yourself in 100%! Fix your eyes on Christ and stand unmoved in His grace as each moment unfolds as a glorious part of Christ’s “big picture” for your life!0