Fix Your Eyes
"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." Hebrews 12:2, NIV
Okay, then, how do we do it? If I know that I am supposed to live a life of faith; a life that pleases Him; then how do I live that kind of life? I think that is why Paul next gives us this verse. It is the practical, meaty part of scripture; the guide book for life.
I really could just encourage you to read and memorize the verse, because it speaks for itself (as Scripture always does), but I’ll try to explain. You see, this life is tough, isn’t it? Sometimes, we don’t know which direction to turn. We don’t know what to do. We can’t always discern the hand of God in our lives. Which direction does He want us to go? What does He want us to do?
I think what this passage says to us, is that the real answer to our daily dilemma in the Christian life is found only in Jesus. We learn how to get along in life, in a way that pleases God, by following the One who always pleases Him!
Do you want to know where to go? Follow Jesus? Want to know how to live? Follow the example of Jesus? I’m not promoting the sale of WWJD bracelets necessarily, but the idea behind it is correct. If we want to be correct in God’s eyes, then “What Would Jesus Do?” He alone knows all the ways of God! He alone can direct us into the heart of God, because He sits at the right hand of God, and they share hearts. The quickest way to please God, is to act like His Son.
Which, going back to the verse, is why Paul says to “fix our eyes on Jesus.” If you are looking at Jesus, and following in His ways, you won’t ever be far from the mark God is calling you to.