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“What is important is seldom urgent, a nd what is urgent is seldom important.” - Dwight D. Eisenhower. STAY. ED. FOCUS !. Prioritizing the things that really matter. Priority Statements. Joshua 24:15 Matthew 6:24 Matthew 6:33 John 6:27 Colossians 3:2. Focus.

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“What is important is seldom urgent,

and what is urgent is seldom important.”

- Dwight D. Eisenhower

prioritizing the things that really matter

STAY

ED

  • FOCUS !

Prioritizing the things that really matter

priority statements
Priority Statements

Joshua 24:15

Matthew 6:24

Matthew 6:33

John 6:27

Colossians 3:2

focus
Focus
  • (noun) directed and concentrated attention or effort (Webster’s Dictionary)
  • All “the things on earth” (whether good, bad, or neutral) are subordinate to “the things above”
a focused christian
A focused Christian
  • Makes a deliberate decision to serve God (Joshua 24:14-15)
  • Makes time to pray (Mark 1:35)
  • Listens to God’s word even when other things need doing (Luke 10:38-42)
a focused christian1
A focused Christian
  • Does not compromise his convictions (Daniel 1:8)
  • Does not let Satan have a foot in the door (Matthew 16:23)
  • Presses through difficulties (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
a focused christian2
A focused Christian
  • A focused Christian lets nothing distract him from “the things above”
    • “…Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:42)
a focused christian3
A focused Christian
  • Am I focused when engaged in other responsibilities (work, school, family, etc.)…
    • Do I use these opportunities to serve the Lord?
    • Do I still have time and energy left for the Lord?
  • Even when engaged in “non-religious” activities our hearts must be set on the things above
a focused christian4
A focused Christian
  • Has focused purpose(“I will serve God”)
  • Has focused motivation(“Nothing will stop me from serving God”)
  • Has focused action(“I will do everything I can to serve God”)
focus is necessary
Focus is necessary
  • No matter how we prioritize, God will always be the most important thing
    • Luke 9:24-25
    • Luke 12:16-21
focus is necessary1
Focus is necessary
  • Without focus we will not bear fruit and mature
    • Distractions can choke out zeal (Luke 8:14)
    • A mind set on earthly things is anxious and worried (Matthew 6:31-33)
focus is necessary2
Focus is necessary
  • We must be ready for Jesus’ return
    • Be alert and sober (1 Thessalonians 5:4-6)
    • Distractions can numb us to the reality of Jesus’ return (Luke 21:34-36)
stay focused
Stay focused!
  • Develop godly habits to help you grow
  • Assemble and worship regularly
  • Be involved with your brethren
  • Cut out distractions
  • Repent and Refocus
prioritizing the things that really matter1

STAY

ED

FOCUS !

Prioritizing the things that really matter

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