by Pastor Mark Jordan
“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. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:2-3)
Today’s passage comes in a powerful section from the Book of Hebrews dealing with faith. As you read the text, know that it deals with how faith helps you in your struggles, even when the struggle is with your own sin. Hebrews encourages you to fix your eyes on Jesus when you face struggle and opposition, knowing that He has an eternal view by which to see the circumstances you are facing.
This is very real to me when I think about parenting my kids. Most recently, as we were teaching Ethan to drive, he had to overcome his own intimidation so he not only would be a safe driver, but a confident driver; after all, too much hesitation could be catastrophic. As Tiffany and I helped share some of our wisdom about driving, we also shared with him some of our own mishaps in hopes of breaking down any misplaced notions that we are, or ever have been, perfect motorists. Developing the confidence that he can learn to drive and experience the freedom — as well as responsibility — that goes along with it helped him to expand his vision and become more aware of not just what was right in front of him, but also around him with situational awareness. Whether it’s driving, or something else altogether different, setting your eyes in the correct place makes all the difference in the world.
As I think about parenting Mia, there is a host of emotions that strike me completely differently. I recall something I saw on Facebook that said, to the effect, a lot of things broke my heart, but fixed my vision. Wow, is that true! For me, when I deal with those emotions of loss, I know definitively that my hope for Jesus has been dramatically changed. Keeping my eye on him helps me deal with life when the struggle is all so real.
Friends, this is what Hebrews tells us to do…to fix our eyes on Jesus. Life comes at us, and can change us in the blink of an eye. Fix your eye on Jesus. Yes, there are things with which we struggle over the course of a lifetime, even our own wayward actions and decisions, as well as inaction and indecision. Still, fix your eye on Jesus. When you fix your eyes on Jesus, He fixes your vision and helps you better experience the power of hope. Bear in mind that this isn’t just to help you see the things right in front of you, but to help broaden your horizon with an eternal perspective…a Jesus perspective.
Let Jesus fix your vision today.
Prayer: Dear Lord, as I fix my eyes on you, I pray you fix my vision, too. Help me to see beyond what is right in front of me so I may catch glimpses of life with your eternal perspective, even — and especially — when I feel consumed with struggle. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.