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 translation)
In this fifth part of our study in Hebrews 12:1-3, we will examine what it means to fix our eyes on JESUS (Heb 12:2),
What does it mean to “fix our eyes on JESUS”? It literally means to turn your eyes away from other things, so as to see another; to concentrate your gaze upon; to give careful attention to. As an example, have you ever spotted movement on a floor? And you ignore everything else in the room except the area of the movement on the floor. It is only then that you spot a very small ant crawling across the floor. We are called to give our Beloved LORD JESUS CHRIST that same careful attention in our lives, by turning our focus from everything in our lives, and concentrating upon HIM (Col 3:1-3).
How is this possible? It begins by setting your mind on a time to just focus on HIM (Psa 63:1, Psa 130:6, 1 Chr 16:11), through prayer, study of HIS WORD, and worship. During that time you close yourself off to all else, to meet exclusively with HIM. You close yourself off in the same manner as when you are in meetings, classrooms, or bathrooms.
What if my life is too busy right now? Then you are already going in the wrong direction. If HE is not in your sight, then HE is at your back (1 Kin 14:9, Neh 9:26, Psa 50:17, Jer 32:33). There are several things you should consider about turning your back on HIM:
1) You are forgetting GOD (Deu 32:18). The transitive verb “forget” means to treat with thoughtless inattention; neglect; to banish from one’s thoughts. When your life is so busy that you don’t have time to remember and honor The ONE WHO has given all the blessings in your life (Psa 5:12, Psa 67:6-7, Pro 10:22), you have forgotten, and all your own efforts will become vanity (Psa 127:1-2, Ecc 5:10, Hag 1:1-11).
2) You don’t know what the future holds (Pro 27:1, Jam 4:13-16). With one sudden disaster all your busyness is over (Ecc 8:7, Pro 29:1, Pro 6:15, 1 Ths 5:3).
3) You don’t know the day of your death (Gen 27:2, Ecc 9:12). In the midst of all your plans, your soul could be required of you (Ecc 8:8, Luk 12:13-21).
4) You are sinning, or doing evil by not seeking The LORD GOD (2 Chr 12:14). You are forsaking HIM (2 Chr 24:20, Jer 15:6), for what you consider more important (Jer 2:13).
Won’t GOD understand, if I am busy dealing with things beyond my control? With love, our Beloved LORD GOD would want you to know, HE is keenly aware of every aspect of your life (Job 34:21, Psa 139:1-5, Mat 6:31-32, Mat 10:30, Heb 4:13). But if you will trust HIM, to love HIM above everything (Mat 22:34-38, Jhn 14:15), by being obedient to seek HIM on a daily basis (Pro 8:34; Luk 11:3↔Jhn 1:1, Jhn 6:1, Jhn 6:48; Psa 105:4). Then HE will honor your sacrifice by blessing every part of your life (Deu 28:1-13, Deu 30:8-10).
Then JESUS said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after ME, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow ME. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for MY sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”