Focusing on first things

by kerriebutterfield

Focus by Kaila VanSumer

Focus is defined by Merriam Webster’s dictionary  as, “directed attention.”  As I wracked my brain to write something meaningful about focus, ironically my brain went in all kinds of directions. Eventually, I felt God directing my attention to the creation story and focusing on what He focused on when He created Adam and Eve–blessings and co-reigning over the earth. 

In the record of  God creating , He focused on goodness. He created , stood back and declared what He created to be good. (With the exception of Adam himself, which He made complete by creating Eve and then declared it, “good”). God’s focus is on completeness/wholeness not perfection. 

He then blesses them and gives them a focus:

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning… Genesis 1:27-31

Adam and Eve had their marching orders. Reproduce and take dominion over the earth. In other words, rule and reign over the earth and everything in it.  God gave it all to them. 

So, when Adam and Eve disobeyed God, He sends Jesus not only to save us from sin but to call us back into our destiny.  Jesus, the second Adam, also gave a focus to His beloved friends before He left them in Mark 16:15-20

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.” 

Jesus is giving the disciples essentially the same focus God gave Adam and Eve: multiply yourselves,  bless, and take dominion over the earth. (i.e. picking up snakes and not being hurt, healing the sick) 

So, My focus is this: 

  1. look at God’s creation once a day, and really see it and declare it to be good. Look at my world and intentionally declare goodness. 
  2. Go into the world, preaching (using words when necessary) releasing the goodness of God to others. 
  3. Create family. More than a biological family, a family that consists of many brothers and sisters with one Heavenly Papa. 

This is my directive from God. It’s His first directive to mankind and Jesus that calls us back into what He intended from the beginning of time. Be blessed, multiply, and rule with generosity and goodness.