I love taking pictures like the one below; shots where the subject-of-interest is the main focus. No distractions. With a fast shutter speed and a wide-open lens diaphragm, you’ve got this cool picture with a very limited depth of field, leaving you with a spotlight-photo of your subject. The background is blurred out, free of distractions.
Growing in our faith requires us to focus on God. It means blurring out the background, allowing it to become “strangely dim” (as the old song Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus says). But this means that you have to make God the subject of your life. With a distracting background, the subject has to compete with everything around it. After searching the scriptures, you’ll learn very quickly that God isn’t in the competing game…
3 you shall have no other gods before me. —Exodus 20
5 Or do you suppose that it is for nothing that the scripture says, “God yearns jealously for the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? —James 4
In Exodus, God made it clear that nothing was to take priority over the relationship he was establishing with the people (a relationship that would shape them and save them from destruction). In James, we’re reminded that God loves us as a jealous lover, so much that he has poured out his very presence to live within us so that we may have everything we need. With a God like this—the One who has been gracious in creating us and gracious in committing to staying with us—there’s nothing to do but keep him the center, the focus, the highest priority. This is the proper response of a grateful heart.
Blur out your distracting backgrounds and let God take the spotlight in the lens of your spiritual life.