Christ-likeness: Focus

To become Christ-like, we must spend time with Jesus. We must get to know and love Him more and more. We must keep our eyes on Him, our thoughts about Him, and our hearts tuned to Him. He must be the focal point in all we do. We must trust Him to be our all-in-all. He must be the focus of our lives. He must be the focus of our church.
 
If our primary focus shifts to anything or anyone other than Christ, we will tend to lose or misplace that passion to be like Him.
 

Focus on Task Rather Than on Christ:

Leaders can get so consumed in their responsibilities that their primary attention goes to:
programming ~ scheduling ~ meetings
When attention is so diverted, leaders tend to lose their passion or zeal:
 
in their own lives
... and so it becomes harder to say, follow me as I follow Christ (1 Cor. 11:1)
 
for the people they lead
... and so it becomes more about managing people that helping them reach their potential in Christ

Focus on Other People Rather Than on Christ:

Leaders can becomes so concerned about what other people think that it becomes easy to focus on:
 
• seeking to please people rather than stopping to think about how HE feels
• asking people for their opinions before asking what HE thinks

When people become so important, leaders tend to misplace their passion or zeal:
 
Affirmation from others tends to motivate instead of desiring to please Him.
 
Reactions of people tend to guide decisions instead of looking to Him for direction.
When leaders focus on pleasing people, they tend to burn out trying or compromise as taking a stand with and for HIM does not always put you in good stead with people. The Apostle Paul came to this conclusion: "Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ." (Gal. 1:10)
 

Focus on Self Rather Than on Christ:

Leaders can also, often unintentionally, put more attention on themselves than Christ:
 
talking about how busy they are
       ... all they have to do rather than all HE is doing
 
promoting a good image of themselves
       ... how they look to others rather than how HE looks in them
When the leader becomes the focal point, the people you serve tend to lose or misplace their passion or zeal:
 
They could be turned off by church leaders and also question the One the leader represents.
 
They could be more prone to follow the leader than Christ who is THE Head.
As John the Baptist said, "He must become greater; I must become less" (Jn. 3:30) or as the KJV words its, "He must increase, I must decrease."
 
 
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