Before the invention of typewriters, computers, and copiers, people transcribed writings by hand. In biblical times, scribes were the individuals who carefully copied the Scriptures so people could have a copy. The scribes were so diligent that they counted the symbols of their language to ensure what they copied matched the original. They were not permitted to add or delete anything. If they made a mistake, they would throw away their copy and start fresh again.
As the scribes remained focused on distributing accurate copies of the Scripture, so are we to remain focused when it comes to our faith. One who displays his commitment to focusing on Christ is Paul. Paul shares in the book of Philippians that his heritage, his background, and his accomplishments, are nothing “compared to the priceless privilege and supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord [and of growing more deeply and thoroughly acquainted with Him—a joy unequaled]” (Philippians 3:8, AMP).
What was Paul’s focus? Knowing Christ. His life pointed to Him alone—not to himself and not what he did because Paul knew that life—true life—centers on Christ. Paul is just one example in Scripture of someone who dedicated his life for the purpose of sharing Christ. We have available to us a plethora of books, letters, and testimonies of those who have spent their lives sharing the good news of the salvation of Christ with the world. Likewise, we have the responsibility to be an example of Christ so He is seen as our main focus—our lives point to Him alone.
Our Faith Connection Challenge: Can you identify people whose lives display the character of Christ in such a way that you know He is their main focus? What about you? What percentage of your life would you say focuses on Christ?