Posted by: mikenicholsblog | November 9, 2009

fix your eyes

As the car next to you drifts precariously close, you want to scream, “get off your cell phone!”. But you stop short, remembering you’ve been guilty of the same offense. Momentary distractions on the highway can create a lifetime of regret. But in truth, loss of focus in any endeavor will eventually take its toll. We have been looking at Hebrews 12:1 and viewing the verse in the context of a race. Running the spiritual journey well also demands focus, and there are distractions at every turn. If we are to run the race marked out for us with perseverance, how do we maintain the right focus?  I believe the key is in the opening words of the very next verse.

Hebrews 12:1-2a
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such
a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off
everything that hinders and the sin that so
easily entangles, and let us run with
perseverance the race marked out for us.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus,

“Fix our eyes on Jesus”! Isn’t that what all Christians know to do? After all, it makes logical sense that if I just focus on Him, things will work out right. In years gone by, many wore bracelets that said WWJD (what would Jesus do), or read a book whose title bore that same acronym, and taught you to ask that question in any situation. The easy answers for my (and your) noise filled life never quite seem to work. You may even love the song, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” as much as I do. But having a great feeling during worship as you sing that beloved hymn, doesn’t automatically translate to real focus. It takes more than feelings, bracelets and books (and I do think the bracelets and books can help) to live a life focused on Jesus. Having said all that, I do firmly believe a Jesus focused life exists, and is available for you.

Jesus ran the race that the Father marked out for Him to the fullest. His earthly race was marked with difficultly and hardship, but was lived with purpose and discipline. If we succeed in living out our God designed purpose, it will only be accomplished by fixing our eyes on Jesus. Fleshing this out takes a willingness to surrender our wills to His. And that’s a day-by-day, minute-by-minute, thought-by-thought surrender! May I gently prod you to have a week of lazer-like focus on the Son of God? Take the few steps below to help refocus you journey:

  • Determine to have a quiet time every day, by reading the Word and giving a priority to prayer….(this week also meditate on Hebrews 12:1-2)
    He deserves your non – distracted attention!
  • As a part of your daily routine, decide that you will bring all issues to His attention. He knows what they are anyway.
    Make a decision to give Him every item of worry!
  • Remember that fixing your eyes on Him will take effort.
    Is it worth it? Yes!

If for one week you seek Jesus this way, it may change the way you deal with frustration, distractions and the hard journey turns that we all face. We may find that the words of Helen Lemmel’s great song become more that just nice church feelings.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face;
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.

What would Jesus want you to do? Fix your eyes on Him, and you can rest assured the results will be from His hand.

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