As we head into another new year, where does our focus lie? Is our focus on a healthier life style, managing our time at home with our families, or maybe finances have weighed us down? There could be many things that take our eyes off the number one focus, that being Christ, our relationship, our worship and our daily walk with Him. I have been praying and asking the Lord what I could write to you, the reader, on the theme of “focus” and the Lord laid a testimony on my heart.
My family and I were missionaries in north central Saskatchewan, before we came back to NBBI. While ministering there, I met a man who was very quiet and unassuming. He was a grain farmer and was interested in making money and growing some of the most beautiful crops in the area. He was not involved in the church and when it was over, he was one of the first individuals out the door. I began to minister to him and his wife and soon found out they were having marital problems. Through this time of ministering to them, they began to come to Wednesday night Bible study. After one of the studies on salvation, he realized he was not saved and that night he gave his life to Christ. As the Lord began to work in his life, he was being convicted by many things that had become so natural to him and all he knew. One Sunday night, a few months later, he and a friend came to my house with bewildered looks on their faces. He asked me this question, “Is it wrong for me to be growing malt barley? Malt barley is what they use to make beer and whiskey, among other things.” We talked about the Lord and His Word and his testimony before the unsaved. This field of barley was right on the 23 Highway and the Weekes Grid Road. Everyone that went to the town of Weekes, or the town of Porcupine Plain, or Hudson Bay passed this field. The field of barley was two weeks short of being good enough to sell as malt. Monday morning, as my wife and I were driving out the Weekes Grid Road, we saw a 25 foot swather cutting down the crop of barley. He was losing thousands of dollars and selling the barley for pig feed. Farmers from all over the area knew exactly what he was doing and most of them thought he was a fool. I Corinthians 1:27, “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.” Some stopped on the side of the road to watch him cut down this pricey crop. They talked about it and him at the Golden Age Club and coffee shops in the area. You see, he knew his testimony was everything and his focus had changed from earthly to heavenly. Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
This past summer we lost Charlie Allen to cancer of the stomach. Let me tell you something about my dear friend Charlie. All the people that came into his hospital room heard of their need for Jesus Christ. In the end he read a verse that depicted his short walk with the Lord. “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Charlie’s favourite saying was, “I just want to get it right.” He got it right!
As we step into a new year is our focus on earthly things or heavenly things? When we are focused on Christ, we can never get it wrong!
Post by: Kurtis Kent, NBBI Food Services Director