What have you been fixing your eyes on lately? What captures your focus throughout each day, week, month, and year? I’d like to offer a word of encouragement to help you fix your focus in the right direction.
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, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
The writer of Hebrews tells us just how important our focus is. When our eyes are fixed in the wrong direction and on the wrong thing, it becomes something that “hinders” us and “easily entangles” us, inhibiting our forward and faithful progress in the race of life.
So . . . what have you been fixing your eyes on lately? Jesus? Or have you locked on to something smaller that will certainly cause you to stumble? In his wonderful Morning and Evening devotional, Charles Spurgeon provided these profound words:
It is ever the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus, but Satan’s work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ. He insinuates, “Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you have not the joy of His children; you have such a wavering hold of Jesus.”
The goal of the accuser of the saints is always to get believers to shift their focus away from the Savior and onto the self. When self is on the throne of life, the Savior is not. And when the Savior is not, there is no telling what faithless ditch we will swerve into. Only when we fix our eyes on Jesus are we living a life that truly matters! Notice what the passage from Hebrews does not say. It does not say . . .
- Fix your eyes on your faith
- Fix your eyes on your prayers
- Fix your eyes on your good works
- Fix your eyes on your service
- Fix your eyes on your repentance
- Fix your eyes on your pastor
It is only when we have fixed our eyes on Jesus that we will begin to know what it means to live the abundant life. Abundance in this life is never about our “stuff.” It is always and only about our Savior. We must keep our focus on Jesus . . . His life . . . His death . . . His resurrection . . . His continual intercession for us! From the moment we rise in the morning until the moment we close our eyes at night, we are to fix our eyes of faith—however wavering that faith may be at present—on Jesus, trusting that He is the one who has authored our faith and will, one day, perfect it. Until that glorious Day, live with a fixed focus on the Faithful One!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!