You may have heard of this passage on fixing your eyes on Jesus and running away from everything that entangles you. Although we have heard several times, there is still an important truth that we can learn here.
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, fixing our eyes on Jesus,
the pioneer and the perfecter of faith.
Often times, the circumstances around us demand attention and focus more than anything. That can distract us from being focused on Jesus. But we have to keep reminding ourselves constantly that we need to fix our eyes on Jesus.
So, let’s delve into the scripture and see what God has to teach us.
One important theme that resounds in the first three verses is, Fixing our eyes on Jesus
What does it mean when it says “Fix your eyes”?
It’s easy to fix our eyes on Jesus when everything goes right and when all situations are perfect. How about, when you face troubles, will you still be able to fix your eyes on Jesus? I must admit, in moments like those, it’s hard. Our flesh steps up, trying to give ideas and solutions to our problems. In such moments, even when it’s tough, we should make a conscious choice to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.
When the author of Hebrews writes, fix your eyes, that means, fix your eyes on Jesus even when you feel troubled, distracted and tempted.
So, why should we fix our eyes?
It is inevitable that you will face troubles of many kinds. Jesus said to his disciples, “…In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart I have overcome the world.” John 16:33b. Troubles and trials are an inevitable part of our life. In spite of that, we have to fix our eyes on Jesus so that we can get through all troubles of life and enjoy the peace that God has promised us. (John 16:33a). Only God can fill us with the peace that surpasses all understanding. (Phil 4:7). Faith is the foundation of our life. Our life of faith can be sustained only when we fix our eyes on Jesus because He is the one who begins and the one who ends it.
How can we fix our eyes ?
The disciples asked Jesus, Lord, teach us to pray. As Jesus taught them the Lord’s prayer, He taught them to do three important things that can help us also stay focused on Him.
- Praise Him
- Seek His Kingdom
- The desire for his will to be done.
Praising God every day, every moment even when things go wrong helps us stay focused on him. Problems can take us away from Him but Praising God during those times can make us stick to Him more because praising reminds you of what He has done and what He can still do for you. The more you praise him the more you will be able to fix your eyes on Jesus.
Seek His Kingdom
Jesus said, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and its righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Mathew 6:33. The secret of seeking the kingdom of God is that you are seeking and asking God to be the King of your life. Many things can rule us, money, situations, friends, close buddies and loved ones. But we need to seek God and ask him to be the ruler of our lives. When God becomes the King of your life you will begin to focus more on what he has to say — in other words, you will fix your eyes on him waiting for his instructions and guidance for your life.
The Desire for his will
The goal of our Christian life is to fulfill the task that God has for us, the purpose for which we were created. We have to see what God wants of us. Maybe He wants us to reach out to our friends, community that is in depression and sadness. The more we desire for his will the more we will understand God’s purpose for our life. The more we desire the more we will be focused on him and will be intently waiting on what he has to say to us.
We need to fix our eyes on Jesus every day of our life. It is something we need to consciously choose to do. It always does not happen automatically or supernaturally but it is a decision that take in life.
When we praise him, seek his kingdom and desire for his will. We will be able to fix our eyes on Jesus.