Fixing our eyes on Jesus
Sunday, July 05, 2020
Fixing Our Eyes On Jesus July 05 2020
“ Looking unto Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2. ESV.
Many times I hear believers put a lot of emphasis either on the moment they chose to follow Christ or in resisting sin. It is never wrong to talk about these principles because the Bible uses a lot of verses encouraging us to these ends. But I wonder something else. What do I look to first when I have fallen short of being as faithful to the Lord as I should be? To whom or to what do I look when I sin? The problem of putting the emphasis alone on our decision to be a Christian has a risk which involves making it about my effort and all about me. We should instead believe that Jesus created our faith, He is the founder, even if we mad the decision to follow Him.when I fall, the Holy Spirit will convict me of my sin, but I will feel a sense of guilt and even begin to get frustrated that I was not able to resist the temptation. I may even feel that I am not a good Christian. We look egotistically at ourselves instead of looking at the perfecter of our faith. These verses clearly tell us that during temptations and trials, we should fix our eyes on Jesus. So, we must pick ourselves up and fix our eyes on Him the founder and perfecter of our faith, the one who will bring to completion, “ the good work He began in us.” Philippians 1:6, in Him, “ who is faithful”, in Him who said, “ I will never leave you or forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5. And in the One “ who cannot lie.” Titus 1:2.
Looking means “ to look away from something and to fix your gaze on the right thing.” Christian men and women should look with spiritual eyes beyond their immediate trials to Jesus, the author and finisher of their faith.he exemplified completing the Father’s will for the heavenly joy that awaits. Becoming a Christian and following Christ does not mean forfeiting joy, it only means that it may not be fully realized in this life.
🙏. Father, help me to fix my eyes on Jesus when trials come. It is not about me and what I have done. It is all about Jesus and His finish work upon the cross. May the joy of being Your child fill me and may that be enough for me. Thank you Jesus for being the author and perfecter of my faith. It is in Your name that I pray.