My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Friday, December 14, 2012
Fixing our eyes on Jesus
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 NASB)
As children of faith we are to fix our eyes on the goal. The
goal of our lives is Jesus himself. Jesus is the one who brings to
completion our faith for because of his death on the cross, he is now at
the right hand of the Father in heaven. Therefore I must fix my eyes
on him, the goal, and in my spiritual journey continue to move toward
him on a daily basis. The end result is that I have the privilege of
joining him someday in heaven.
Distractions! Everywhere in life these days there are
distractions. Television is a distraction. Music is a distraction.
Computers are a distraction. Smart phones are a distraction. How can
we ever pull ourselves from the distractions and fix our eyes on Jesus
Christ? That is the challenge of our day. All of the distractions are
not bad, but if they keep us from the goal, they are destructive.
Therefore I must ask God to help me to work through the distractions of
life and still continually fix my eyes on Jesus.
When Jesus came to this earth on that first Christmas day, most
people missed it! Why? Because they were distracted by life. The
religious folks who had been waiting for the Messiah missed it! The
government officials missed it! The ones who didn't miss it were the
shepherds who were out in the field. On the night of Jesus' birth they
were quiet and they heard the angel voices. Not only did they hear, but
they immediately responded to the voice. They were the ones who were
not distracted. The wise men were not distracted. Although they lived
in a far off country they were intent on knowing the new king. They
fixed their eyes on the goal and traveled for an extended period of time
to arrive in Bethlehem and see the newborn king.
Today I have my list of to-do's. Normally my to-do list is quite
long because whenever I'm able to check something off, there i something
new added. However, the one thing that should always be on the top of
my to-do list is Jesus! I want to fix my eyes and my life so much on
him that everything else comes in after him. Even in this Christmas
season as we are supposed to be celebrating his coming, we become
distracted by the "trappings" and take our glance away from him. May we
purposefully keep our eyes on him this year, this Christmas season.
May we ask that Jesus infiltrate every part of our Christmas
celebrations and may we lift up to the world the one on whom we have
chosen to fix our gaze. He is the object of our love and our lives. He
is the goal. Our eyes are fixed on him.
Lord, please help me to fight my way through the distractions of life and keep my eyes on you. Amen.