Article by Michael Goforth II:
Misguided attentions. Disordered priorities. Temporary outlooks.
Those three phrases capture how a large majority of the people around us are living. Whether it’s money, success, recognition, or something else, everyone has their eyes fixed somewhere. They’re looking. They’re searching.
Chasing after transient pleasures and hoping they will bring lasting joy. An endless search for satisfaction and contentment.
As Christians, we know the folly of a pursuit like this. We know that the things of this earth are fleeting. They will cease. They will come to an end. But everywhere we look, something temporary attempts to capture our hearts. To steal our focus. To lure us in with the promise of satisfaction.
Last time we looked at Hebrews 12:1-2 and pointed out two basic principles for running the race of faith: eliminate and concentrate. We tackled eliminate last time, so now we’re on to concentrate.
It’s now more than ever, in the midst of this trendy culture, that we need this timeless truth:
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.” Hebrews 12:2
This is not just an inspirational phrase to slap on your coffee cup. It’s absolutely crucial in the Christian life.
Jesus is eternal. The image of the invisible. In Him, the fulness of God was pleased to dwell.
In the beginning when nothing else was there, He was. And with just a few short sentences He spoke everything we see and even what we can’t see into existence.
And while His creation wandered around aimlessly, seeking everything but Him, He did the unspeakable. He became flesh, and dwelt among us.
For over 30 years he lived among sinners. Jealousy, pride, selfishness, greed, and so much more surrounded the spotless Lamb of God.
He lived the perfect life that we could never live, perfectly fulfilling the law of God in our place.
And then, “…for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame…” in our place.
He allowed His body to be beaten, bloodied, and broken to bring us to God. He washed our sins away and made us holy and blameless before His perfect Father.
After rising from the dead and conquering sin, death, hell, and the grave, He ascended unto His Father, “and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” making intercession for us in this very moment.
So, where are your eyes fixed? Are you looking unto Jesus? Or have you been distracted by the foolish pleasures of this life?
A good runner isn’t looking at his shoes, the crowd, or the other runners around him. He’s concentrated on the finish line with his eyes fixed on the prize.
If we’re going to run our race of faith well, we have to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.
He alone is our ambition, He alone is our strength, He alone is our satisfaction, and He alone is worthy of our attention.
Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus.
This was second in a two part article. To read part one, click here.