Focused on Things Above

Spurgeon said, “The more of heaven there is in our lives, the less of earth we shall covet.”

Already a Christian singer, Helen Lemmel was surprised to have been given a Bible tract entitled “Focus.”  Upon reading the tract, she was struck by a certain line: “You will find that the things of earth will acquire a strange new dimness” if you focus on Jesus.  The hymn that was consequently born within her heart is a favorite worldwide and a timely encouragement, and prayer, for us today:

O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free. 

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.

Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
O’er us sin no more hath dominion
For more than conqu’rors we are!

His Word shall not fail you, He promised;
Believe Him and all will be well;
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!

Helen Howarth Lemmel (1864-1961)

“Therefore if you have been raised with Christ (to a new life, sharing in His resurrection from the dead), keep seeking the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above (the heavenly things), not on things that are on earth (which have only temporal value). For you died (to this world), and your (new, real) life is hidden with Christ in God.”
Colossians 3:1-3 AMP


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