We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. –Hebrews 12:2 (NLT)
Fix your eyes on this picture. What do you see? At first glance, I recognize the beauty in the face of my Lord and Savior. It brings joy to my heart to embrace the opportunity to peer into His eyes. Instantly I am made aware of the time when I will get to meet Him face to face and have the opportunity to bask in His presence for all eternity. He’s one person in a photo album that I would never get tired of looking at. As I stare at the picture a bit more intently, it becomes clear that His persona is actually made of the multitudes that He loves so dearly.
As we go about our day, we must continue to fix our eyes on Jesus. If we adjust our lens to widen the focus, it’s at those times we tend to get overwhelmed. Viewing the overall picture of life at once is usually more than one can bear. The truth of the matter is that God never intended for us to handle everything at once. We run the risk of being a jack of all trades, but master of none. Some of us have such busy schedules that we need a calendar for our calendar. As I’m sure my husband would concur, there is a reason why I am late to just about every event and appointment. I try to fit too many things in my schedule, some of which are not assignments from God. There are those “good things that need to be done” and there are those “God ordained things that we are called to do”. It’s important to decipher the difference.
On the other hand, we must also be careful not to narrow our focus down to one particular thing or person (other than Jesus, of course) for an extensive period of time, unless it is per God’s specific instruction. As the focus narrows and the person or thing is brought up close and personal, we tend to take ownership of it. I struggled with this a bit as my daughter was growing up. I was extremely selective of who she could associate with, to the point that I did not notice the spiritual needs of God’s other children. What about the other kids who could have benefited from hanging out around a Christian home setting? Instead of doing all things unto the Lord, she became my personal possession. Just as with ever other person, she is a gift from God…for God’s benefit and good pleasure. We can not stake a claim to anyone or anything….we are all just passing through.
The only way to keep the overall picture and the minute details in proper focus is to keep a constant gaze into the eyes of our Lord and Savior. As we gaze into His eyes, He will bring to the forefront a handpicked selection of people and things He would like us to reflect His light on for that particular day or season. Even in something as wholesome as ministry, we can become so focused until we actually loose the focus. It is important that we monitor our grip because before we know it we could loose sight of the real reason why we do life on this side of heaven.
Lord, help me to keep my eyes fixed on You so that I can truly walk by faith and not by sight as I go through this journey, until I meet You face to face in all Your splendor and glory.