𝗙𝗶𝘅𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗲𝘆𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝗝𝗲𝘀𝘂𝘀, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝗳𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗵, 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗷𝗼𝘆 𝘀𝗲𝘁 𝗯𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗛𝗶𝗺 𝗲𝗻𝗱𝘂𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗿𝗼𝘀𝘀, 𝗱𝗲𝘀𝗽𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗺𝗲, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝘀𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗚𝗼𝗱. 𝗛𝗲𝗯𝗿𝗲𝘄𝘀 𝟭𝟮:𝟮
Hebrews 12 is a wake up call to see our lives as a race and to run it with passion and zeal. The race can be long. The journey can be difficult. But 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙒𝙤𝙧𝙙 𝙤𝙛 𝙂𝙤𝙙 𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙜𝙚𝙨, 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙨, 𝙞𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙤𝙧𝙚𝙨 𝙪𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙛𝙞𝙭 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙚𝙮𝙚𝙨 𝙪𝙥𝙤𝙣 𝙅𝙚𝙨𝙪𝙨.
There is a true story of a ship captain whose large steamer was shrouded in a dense fog. An old man approached him and said, “Captain, I have come to tell you that I must be in Quebec on Saturday afternoon.” Looking at the old man and thinking that he was crazy, the captain said, “impossible. Do you know how dense the fog is?” the captain demanded. The old man responded, “No, my eye is not on the thickness of the fog but on the living God who controls every circumstance of my life.” That old man was George Muller.
The apostle Paul made the same exhortation to Timothy in his 2nd letter. He writes, “Remember Jesus Christ. Don’t ever take your eyes off Him.” And to a young man like Timothy, and if we are to endure, this advice is priceless.
The beautiful words of a hymn blesses my heart. It says:
The bride eyes not her garment
But her dear Bridegroom’s face
I will not gaze at glory
But on my King of grace
Not at the crown He giveth
But on His pierced hand
The Lamb is all the glory
of Emannuel’s land.
What fills your gaze? Is it Jesus? Who fills your vision? I pray it is Jesus, no one else, and nothing else.
𝗤𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗳𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗼𝗻 :
1. What does it mean to fix your eyes on Jesus?
2. How important is it to fix your eyes on Jesus alone?
Heavenly Father, there are so many things that distract us the minute we wake up in the morning. So many things that call for our attention as we go through our day and even until late at night. These things can weigh us down and make us lose our focus on you. We cannot run this race with only our strength. We need you everyday and every single second of our lives. Help us now by your grace that our gaze be fixed on you no matter what may come our way. Amen.