We have similar freedoms. We are afforded perfect scenarios that create the ideal conditions to support whatever choice we make. I’ve had single friends who used their lack of a mate as the excuse to let go of their moral convictions while other single friends used their marital status as a reason to raise the bar on their devotion to God. I’ve beheld opposite approaches to finances as two people who felt they didn’t have enough money made decisions about giving. One said having so little prevented the ability to give. The other said having so little demanded that they give. The first saw giving as losing what was theirs. The other saw giving as returning to God what was His, like planting a seed and watching it multiply in the hands of the Source of their supply. Spiritual disciplines have also been held in opposing views, with some folks approaching Bible study, church attendance, personal convictions, and prayer time as “GET TO” and others sighing a “HAVE TO.” Perception of their freedom of choice dictated the outcome.
Joseph’s key to right perspective was the object of his focus. “There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” Joseph’s reply to his mistress’s temptation reveals his focus. He had a master he served, and it wasn’t Mr. and Mrs. Potiphar. It was the Almighty.
Joseph’s key to staying on track is our answer when external conditions present the perfect packaging for either right or wrong. Self-focus will always be in favor of indulging in temptation. It prefaces decisions with “I have a right to…” or “It’s MY body” or “It’s MY life.” But having a God focus takes the attention off of self and its whims. A God focus approaches choice with “I’m not my own” or “He’s worthy” or “I want to love, worship, and serve God with my choice.”
God-focus sees freedom and chooses to use it to serve others and raise the responsibility on self. It subjects itself to greater humility in order to honor God because it recognizes that God is trustworthy, generous, and kind, that He is a Father who grants His children access to His kingdom and withholds no good thing from them.
Within every circumstance, God provides a way to unlock the door to all the blessings He has in store for us. The conditions are set, but the choice is ours. He extends a key, trusting us to do what is right with it. God-focus is that key, and using it to place our trust in Him honors His trust in us.
Tip/Tidbit: How do you view your circumstances today? Do you see them as an excuse to give in to temptation or as an opportunity to serve God more diligently?