The Right Focus

June 26th, 2013

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Colossians 3:18—4:1

William Booth established The Salvation Army in England in the 1870s to not only spread the gospel but demonstrate it with direct assistance to the needy. They continue their mission today, as they preach and exemplify the Christian message of holiness and service. However, in the beginning, there were many vocal critics. Some were from the liquor industry which feared losing customers, and also those with theological differences. Yet despite frequent scathing press reports, Booth ignored the criticism as he continued to concentrate on his mission. Once when his son showed him a particularly vicious press attack, Booth downplayed it and explained his reasoning, “Fifty years from now it will not matter what anyone says about us, or what anyone says or thinks about us and our work. However, it will matter a great deal that we did God’s will.”

Just as Booth ignored his critics and concentrated on “working for the Lord,” we have the same challenge–and opportunity. Can we do the same?

Author: Anne Adams


One Response to “The Right Focus”

  1. Barbara Says:

    June 26th, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Has anyone ever seen that artist’s reverse image of Jesus (whereas you stare at the picture for as long as you can, look away, and see that same image on a blank wall)?

    Notice the word “stare.” The analogy is that you can’t take you eyes off of Him to see Him in the very near future.

    You’re always “doing” what your eyes are focusing on! In other words at that time, you were focusing on that image of Jesus, but when the image is gone you focus on the Jesus in the Bible and do what your eves are seeing.

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