In his wonderful devotional book, My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers says - "Narrow all your interests until the attitude of mind and heart and body is concentration on Jesus Christ."
This makes me just a little bit uncomfortable. It makes me picture a doleful monk or severe nun, doing nothing but fasting and praying all day. I don't think that's what Oswald Chambers, or the Lord, intend. We are meant to live in this world, and live well. Living well means doing what Mr. Chambers says - have only one focus and that is to know and glorify Christ. Do that through all the other aspects and potential distractions of life, and you will live well indeed.
Easy to say. Not so easy to do. We don’t want to ‘narrow all our interests,’ we want to live life to its limit, experience it all. But often, when we’re out there ‘experiencing,’ we realize it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Often the things we’ve gotten ourselves wound up in don’t give us the satisfaction we thought they would. That's when it is all the more astounding to find that God has blessed anyway - blessed us, and others through us, even though we’ve been ignoring Him. His purposes are so far above ours, yet he invites us to be part of them in the midst of our foolishness.
This makes me think of the scene described in the Bible when John the Baptist points Jesus out to two men. They immediately scramble to follow him and when Jesus asks them what they want, they ask - "Rabbi, where are you staying?"
It's a perfect example of God’s grace. Jesus doesn’t chide them for asking a silly question. He doesn’t ignore them or condescend. He extends an invitation. That’s exactly what happens to us, every day. We're scurrying around, concerned with all the unimportant things, madly trying to fill our lives up with unimportant pursuits, and Jesus turns to us, smiles, and invites us into His world, into His ministry, into His very home. He invites us to live well, with Him.