Fix your eyes on Jesus
‘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, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12 v1-3
‘fixing our eyes on Jesus….’ Evidently the word “fix” comes from a Greek word that has the idea of concentrating your gaze. It means to look away from other things so that you can focus all your attention on one object. When driving a car, it’s advisable to ‘fix your eyes’ on the road. If your eyes wander from the road, so does the car!
In the story of Jesus walking on water (Matthew 14 v 22 -33 – Steve’s Thought for the Day last week) when Peter got out of the boat he was fine as long as he ‘fixed his eyes’ on Jesus. The minute he allowed himself to be distracted by the waves crashing around him he began to sink. Jesus was there though to rescue him.
During this time of great uncertainty and concern it’s difficult not to be distracted by the ‘waves crashing around us’. We need to turn to God’s word and keep reminding ourselves what we know about Jesus, the Lamb of God – his mercy, his grace, his kindness, his power and his wisdom. It doesn’t mean that problems disappear or that we understand all that is happening to us but it does mean that our starting point is Jesus – our eyes are fixed on Jesus.
I love the words of the song ‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus’
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
God bless and keep safe